Willem Hondius named boss of KQ subsidiary

Hondius brings to the airline a wealth of experience in the aviation industry/FILE

Hondius brings to the airline a wealth of experience in the aviation industry/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 12 – The Kenya Airways Board of Directors has appointed Willem Hondius as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jambo Jet Limited, the airline’s new low-cost carrier subsidiary.

Kenya Airways Managing Director Titus Naikuni says Hondius brings to the airline a wealth of experience in the aviation industry especially in the low-cost airline area and will be instrumental in steering the operations of the new carrier.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Willem Hondius as Chief Executive Officer of Jambo Jet Ltd, reporting to the Jambo Jet Board which is chaired by Ayisi Makatiani,” Naikuni said.

He said Kenya Airways has been in the process of establishing the low-cost carrier subsidiary and the appointment of the CEO moves the airline closer to the realization of its goal in this respect.

“There is still a lot of work to be done before operations start and this appointment is a major milestone in that process,” Naikuni added.

Before his appointment, Hondius was general manager for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for Eastern Africa based in Nairobi since 2012.

Between 2005 and 2012, he was executive vice-president and chief commercial officer of Transavia Airlines a wholly-owned subsidiary of KLM. He has also served on various boards.