Con Korfiatis | Chief Executive Officer

Con Korfiatis, Chief Executive Officer, flyadeal

Founding Chief Executive Officer of flyadeal, the Middle East's newest low-cost airline based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia which commenced operations on 23rd September 2017. Part of the SAUDIA group.
Previously, Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, in its Industrial Practice focusing on the Airlines, Aviation, Defence & Aerospace sector in Asia.

 An airline and aviation executive with over 20 years’ experience gained in a number of senior roles and airlines. Airline experience covers executive management, finance, strategy, commercial, brand and marketing, network, government affairs, alliances and airline operations. This experience has been across many Asia Pacific countries.
Experience in some of the region's most successful airlines, in both low cost and premium segments, including Qantas and Singapore Airlines and responsible for the establishment of Jetstar Asia as its founding CEO. Other previous management experience at both COO and CEO level, the latter at Citilink, Garuda Indonesia’s low cost airline and at Viva Macau Airlines in China.

Former Senior Partner in consulting firm, Flight Ideas Consulting, providing Board and Senior Management level advisory on best practice, growth, improvement and funding strategies for airlines, as well as being taking on management responsibility in implementing these strategies.

Holds degree in Economics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Aviation Festival - Day 2 @ 15:25

Competition and pricing - How can LCCs combine digital tech and smart pricing techniques to differentiate their products & deliver value to mobile natives?

  • What is stopping our ability to collect and wield customer data needed to optimise total revenue?
  • Why is it so hard to manage both prices and inventory in real-time?
  • Using AI to capture relevant information that will help us make better business decisions
  • Personalised ancillaries: Where are airlines missing the mark on personalisation?
  • How can machine learning help close direct sales?
  • Introducing smarter dynamics and analytics into your pricing structure to support profitable growth

Aviation Festival - Day 3 @ 14:30

Keynote Interview: flyadeal is a monumental carrier In the Saudi region as it operates as a true low-cost carrier. CEO Con Korfiatis joins us as part of our new LCC CEO Keynote series to discuss:

  • The first true low fare airline in the kingdom – How will flyadeal compete with the traditional hybrid model in the region?
  • Staying true to the model and working effectively with sister carrier Saudia – What are the challenges of succeeding with this model?
  • Future fleet strategy and international expansion opportunities
last published: 17/Aug/18 10:45 GMT

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