President & Chief Executive Officer
Etihad Aviation Group
James Hogan joined Etihad Airways as Chief Executive Officer in 2006, with a mandate to develop a safe, best-in-class airline, operating on a sustainable commercial basis and contributing to the future economic success of Abu Dhabi.
He has led its growth from a 22 plane regional carrier into a 120 aircraft global airline and aviation group, with seven airline equity partnerships which together serve more than 120 million guests every year. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Etihad Aviation Group in May 2016.
Under James Hogan, the key Etihad Aviation Group functions include finance, strategy and planning, people and performance, and information and technology, providing leadership, governance and strategic direction across all companies in the Group.
Etihad Aviation Group’s five business divisions include Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Airport Services, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners.
The core airline operation today serves 18.5 million guests, reaching 112 destinations with a fleet of 120 aircraft, with another 178 on order. It has been named WTA’s World’s Leading Airline for each of the last eight years and was recently recognised by Skytrax as one of just nine five-star airlines in the world. It won the prestigious Air Transport World Airline of the Year award in 2016.
Etihad Aviation Group’s strategy of minority equity investments in key strategic partners – Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, airberlin, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia – has created the world’s seventh largest airline grouping, serving more than 120 million passengers a year, with a fleet of more than 700 aircraft reaching almost 350 unique destinations. The airline’s codeshare and equity partnerships are a core element of its growth, delivering 5.5 million passengers onto Etihad Airways’ flights in 2016.
James Hogan currently serves as Vice Chairman on the Boards of equity partners such as Alitalia, Jet Airways, Air Berlin and Air Serbia.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. James has been named Aviation CEO of the Year by CEO Middle East Magazine and CAPA Airline Executive of the Year 2012. He received the Executive Leadership Award at the Airline Strategy Awards in 2013 and was inducted into The British Travel and Hospitality Industry Hall of Fame in 2014.
He was ranked in 2015 among the Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the business travel industry by Business Travel News.
James was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air in 2002, where he held the position for four years. James joined Gulf Air from his position as Chief Executive of the Tesna Consortium, created with the aim of acquiring Ansett Airlines.
He started his career in the aviation sector at Ansett Airlines and subsequently held senior positions with British Midland International (BMI), Hertz, Forte Hotels and Gulf Air.
At BMI, he became Chief Operating Officer where he was in charge of cargo, commercial, engineering, handling, marketing, operations and sales departments, and was a member of the Board.
At Hertz, during 13 years in the directorship of various marketing, sales and operations divisions, he joined the executive management committee as Vice President Marketing & Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa in 1995.
James is currently Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.