Former Virgin Blue Airlines director, David Huttner, joined Nyras as Senior Vice President in April 2010 focusing on new and emerging economies, LCC and the wider commercial practice including being a member of the in Nyras’ leading specialised slot trading portfolio.
David founded Planely Spoken, an aviation and tourism consultancy in 2005, following his career with the Virgin Group.
David had previously spent nine years with the Virgin Group, initially with Virgin Express in Europe and latterly with Virgin Blue in Australia where he was one of the original founders of the airline and a member of its executive team. He was an integral part of the Virgin Blue IPO team, an event that produced the best returns of any company in Virgin Group history.
After graduating from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1988, David began working life in the maritime and fuel industries, serving with a number of major companies in the US and the United Arab Emirates.
David joined Virgin Express in Brussels in 1996 as an MBA intern (gaining his degree at INSEAD in France) and rose through various positions to become Deputy Director of Sales & Marketing.
In 2000, he was appointed Head of Commercial for Virgin Blue, becoming one of the three founding officers of the Virgin Group’s new Australian venture. He went on to lead strategy and communications and, subsequently, international development for the carrier in the Asia-Pacific region. After leaving Virgin, David served on the board of Spanish LCC Vueling during its successful IPO.
David then went on to grow Planely Spoken which was later merged into Nyras
Recently David was part of the team that drafter IATA’s white paper on Customer Order Transformation in tandem with the NDC initiative. He has undertaken business consultancy, valuation, restructuring and PSS selection engagements for a range of major aviation industry clients, including Navitaire (Accenture), Amadeus, Macquarie, Jersey Airport, Vueling Airlines, Air Arabia, Air Baltic, Estonian Airways, IATA, Jetstar-Pacific, Royal Jordanian, Drukair, Kulula-Comair, Royal Jordanian,Tiger Airways, Virgin Group, IFC (World Bank Group), TUI Group and Oman Airports.in India.