New Chairman For Regional Subsidiary

British Airways has appointed Sir Alan Cockshaw, former Chairman of AMEC Group, as Chairman Elect of its wholly-owned subsidiary, British Airways Regional.

Sir Alan will succeed David Holmes in the role when he retires at the end of this year. David Holmes is also Director of Corporate Resources and was until recently a member of Bob Ayling`s Executive Team.

British Airways Regional was formed in 1992 with the aim of putting loss-making regional services on a long-term profitable footing. It serves 22 destinations, mainly in continental Europe, from Manchester, Birmingham and Scotland.

Sir Alan, who lives in Manchester, has been a Board Member of a number of public companies and has held several public positions on behalf of Central and Local Government. He is currently Chairman of the Government`s regeneration agency English Partnerships and also Chairman of the Roxboro Group PLC, Manchester Millennium Limited and a Director of the New Millennium Experience Company Limited.

Bob Ayling, the airline`s Chief Executive said: “I am delighted that Sir Alan will take on the role of Chairman for British Airways Regional, building on the firm foundations laid by David Holmes. Sir Alan`s vast business leadership experience and knowledge of regional matters will bring a new perspective to a subsidiary with a bright future and a brand new fleet being delivered from September.”