Chris Zweigenthal | Chief Executive Officer
Airlines Association of Southern Africa

Chris Zweigenthal, Chief Executive Officer, Airlines Association of Southern Africa

Chris Zweigenthal qualified as a Civil Engineer at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1978, obtained his Graduate Diploma in Engineering in 1985 and worked for 10 years in the construction industry.   In 1988, he joined South African Airways, where he held senior positions in the Petroleum Affairs, Flight Operations, and Marketing Planning departments, and was thereafter appointed Managing Director of SA Alliance Air based in Kampala, Uganda.  Upon his return to South Africa in 2000, he headed up Global Passenger Services until he left South African Airways in November 2001.    In February 2002, Chris joined the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) as Deputy Chief Executive and was appointed Chief Executive on 1 March 2009.    Chris is active in supporting the growth and sustainability of airlines in the Southern African region, and is a regular participant and contributor to SADC, ICAO and IATA initiatives in the region.  He is a Director of Aviation Coordination Services Limited, a company responsible for several airport services managed on behalf of all airlines operating in South Africa, and a Director of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa.


VIP Conference Day 1 @ 09:50

Aviation leadership panel: Putting Africa’s aviation industry on the map

  • The shifting landscape: how to cut the fat, not the muscle
  • Trends: Using digitisation to reduce operating costs
  • Dealing with growing customer expectations while seeking sustainable profitability
  • Long term business strategies – what will unlock growth?
  • Investment, development, infrastructure, and ROI
  • Leadership in turbulent times
  • Partner strategically
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