The Board of Stobart Air is pleased to announce the appointment of two senior roles in Stobart Air, one of Europe’s leading franchise, ACMI and charter aviation specialists.

Andy Jolly has been appointed to head the airline as its new Managing Director, a role he will assume with immediate effect having been its Acting MD for the past month and previously, Chief Operating Officer. Graeme Buchanan, who was previously Managing Director of Stobart Air has been appointed as Chief Financial Offer of Connect Airways.

Peter McKenna, currently Technical Director and Deputy Accountable Manager with SAS Ireland, will join the team as Chief Operating Officer on 1 November 2019.

Conor McCarthy, Chairman of Stobart Air commented: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Jolly as Managing Director. Andy has over 30 years extensive operational and commercial leadership experience in aviation and will now take the lead of Stobart Air, working with Connect Airways as we continue to grow and build this business.”

Mark Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Connect Airways commented “I’m very excited by these new appointments and know that Andy and Peter will bring significant talent to Stobart Air in their new roles. I wish them every success going forward as they continue to grow the business and take on new and exciting opportunities.”

Andy Jolly commented: “I am very pleased to be taking on the leadership of Stobart Air and the very strong team that I have as we face exciting new opportunities and challenges ahead of us. I am delighted that Peter McKenna will be joining our leadership team as Chief Operating Officer and I look forward to welcoming him on board from November.”

Andy has been working in the airline industry for over 30 years and has a wealth of extensive management experience gained across a variety of operations and commercial roles, including Chief Operating Officer with Loganair and General Manager at Hebridean Air Services before joining Stobart Air in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer.

Peter holds dual Irish and Australian nationality and has an impressive track record operating in a number of senior managerial, technical and engineering roles with Virgin Australia, Aer Arann, Aer Lingus and SkyWest Aviation (Ireland).