New cargo chief for Etihad

Etihad Airways has appointed Des Vertannes
as its new executive vice president of Crystal Cargo. Mr Vertannes joins Etihad’s Crystal Cargo division from Gulf Air where
he was head of cargo, and brings nearly 40 years of aviation industry
experience with him.

Mr Vertannes said: “It is a privilege to be joining Etihad at such an
exciting time in the airline’s history. Crystal Cargo has grown
considerably since being created in 2004, and I am relishing the
opportunity of working with its talented team and expanding the division


Prior to joining at Gulf Air, Mr Vertannes held the position of chief
executive at the UK-based Air Menzies International, as well as being
managing director of Menzies Cargo World.



He began his career with British Airways in 1970 where he was the cargo
manager for the Gulf and Saudi Arabia and cargo sales manager for the
UK. During the 1990’s he worked for Air Canada where he was the general
manager cargo for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


James Hogan, Etihad’s chief executive added: “It is great to be
welcoming Des to Etihad and I look forward to working closely with him
in his new role. He has a wealth of experience in the cargo industry
which will be crucial in the development of Etihad Crystal Cargo.”