New operations leadership for Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Aviation Group has announced the appointment of Izham Ismail as the new chief operations officer of Malaysia Airlines Berhad.

Izham served a short stint as chief executive of MASwings and is now replaced by Aminuddin Zakaria.

In announcing the appointment, group chief executive Peter Bellew said: “On behalf of the board of MAG, I am very pleased to welcome Izham back to MAB.

“He is no stranger to the role having served as director of operations from 2012 to 2015.

“With close to 36 years of experience in the aviation industry, and having just completed the advanced management programme at Harvard Business School, I am confident that he will be able to lead the operations and engineering division to new levels of excellence.

“Being our own internal home grown talent, I look forward to working closely with him in delivering operational excellence to the entire group.”


Izham began his career with Malaysia Airlines as a trained pilot from the Philippines Airline Aviation School and has operated various aircraft from the Fokker 27, Airbus 330 to the Boeing 747.

Bellew added: “I also welcome Aminuddin to his new role at MASwings.

“He has over 27 years of professional experience in the engineering field and I am confident that he will develop a comprehensive and sustainable plan to improve MASwings’ operations, financial performance and customer service experience.

“The group remains committed towards advancing this community airline serving rural air services in Sabah and Sarawak.”

MASwings is serving a network of 24 destinations and operates 10 64-seater ATR 72-500, an advanced turboprop aircraft which connects Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, and Miri International Airports to major towns and cities in East Malaysia.

It is also the sole operator serving the Rural Air Services routes in Sabah and Sarawak with six 19-seater Viking Air DHC6 400 Series Twin-Otter, operating out of Miri.