Monday, 1 July 2013

Interview: François Bouteiller, Nas Air CEO

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François Bouteiller, the chief executive of Saudi Arabia's Nas Air, announced his resignation last month after just 17 months in the job. He follows in the footsteps of predecessor Simon Stewart – whose tenure lasted barely a few months longer – and will now be succeeded by Raja Azmi, the former chief financial officer of Air Asia.

Although Azmi doubtless hopes to retain the top job for a lengthier period, he can expect to face the same challenges which confounded his forbearers at the low-cost carrier. Saudi Arabia's duopolistic air transport market continues to be characterised by excessive fuel charges, a commercially disruptive domestic fare cap, and a cultural landscape that does little to advance much-needed reform...