01 Feb 2015 12:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed Mr Jordi Porcel Cortes as its General Manager for Spain.
Jordi Porcel will be based in Etihad Airways’ new Madrid office,
where he will lead the airline’s Spanish commercial operations.
The appointment comes as Etihad Airways prepares to launch direct
flights between Madrid and Abu Dhabi on 30 March 2015.
Bringing a wealth of industry experience to the airline, Jordi previously
worked for Vueling Airlines, where he served as Chief Sales Officer,
responsible for sales for the past three years. Prior to joining Vueling
Airlines, he worked in various managerial positions at British Airways, lastly
as Regional Commercial Manager Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
Jordi holds a Commercial and Marketing degree
from the ESEM School and an Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa. He
also holds degrees from the WTTA University in Johannesburg and the IBM
Business School in London.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial
Officer, said: “We welcome Jordi to our global commercial team. His experience in the aviation
industry and knowledge of the region will be invaluable to the success of Etihad
Airways’ new Spanish operations.
service will help boost inbound tourism for Spain and strengthen the already
strong trade ties with the UAE. Travellers will have great opportunities to
connect over Abu Dhabi to the entire Gulf region, Africa, Indian Subcontinent,
Southeast Asia and Australia.”