Raftery joins JetBird start-up

JetBird, a low cost executive jet provider, has announced that it had appointed Mr Patrick Raftery to the position of Operations Director.Patrick has significant experience in the aviation sector having worked as an international manager for British Airways for 13 years throughout Europe, Africa & North America. Most recently, he spent 3 years as Operations Manager for NetJets Europe, the largest operator of private jets in Europe where he managed daily operations including scheduling, crewing, regulation, airport and FBO relationships.

Patrick Raftery commented “The JetBird strategy and business model is compelling and to join the team, at this early stage, is tremendously exciting. JetBird’s plan to bring a low-cost operating model to the private jet market in Europe is not only visionary but also long overdue.”

Paul Geaney, JetBird Managing Director, commented “We are delighted to welcome Patrick to the JetBird team. He brings unique experience having worked with both a leading network airline and a global leader in private jet travel. As Operations Director, Patrick’s expertise will be instrumental in developing our European operating model in preparation for launch in early 2009.”