Andrew Cowen is Chief Executive Officer for HK Express, Hong Kong’s one-and-only low-fare airline.
Andrew provides strategic direction for the airline, leading and growing the team through the transition from full service carrier to a low-cost carrier (LCC). With a targeted fleet number of 30 by end of 2018, Andrew is applying his skills and experience gained at 7 LCCs across the world to guide HKExpress’ LCC transformation and rapid growth.
Andrew has close to 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry, including management roles at low-cost carriers in the UK, Middle East, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Japan.
Prior to his appointment at HK Express, Andrew guided the establishment of Japanese LCC Peach, an Osaka-based JV between Japanese and Hong Kong interests. Between 2005 and 2009 he was CEO of Saudi Arabian airline Sama Airlines, guiding the start-up through initial concept development to funding, licence acquisition and launch. In 2009 Andrew acted as the CEO of Jazeera Airlines, based in Kuwait.
Andrew started his aviation career in 1989 with British Airways. He eventually went on to manage the airline’s financial affairs for its American business unit, before being promoted to Head of Strategy for BA’s LCC, Go.
Andrew graduated from City University, London in 1989 and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1992.