Ryanair has targeted Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew as their next chief operating officer.. sources close to Ryanair said.
For the last two months, largest low-cost carrier in Europe, Ryanair has been going through tough times as it cancelled thousands of flights and left more than 300,000 passengers stranded. At the same time Michael Hickey, Chief Operating Officer who served the company for 30 years announced that he is leaving the embattled airline at the end of this month. To be back on track Ryanair has been looking for an efficient executive to take up the position of Hickey.
Bellew joined Malaysia Airlines in 2015 with the aim of turning the two plane crash tragedy hit airline into a profitable organization.
After an year into the job, he is proud to see the Malaysia Airlines passenger load factor rose from 68% to 82% and in December 2016, it was 90%.
He is not new to Ryanair as he was the former Director of flight operations and head of training before leaving the carrier in 2015 to join Malaysia Airlines. His appointment would curtail the staff unrest much need at this time for Ryanair. However Mr.Bellew last week told the media that he is happy with Malaysia Airlines and his greatest achievement will be to turn around the airline.
Sources close to Ryanair say, Bellow most likely to step into the position vacated by Michael Hickey if he accept the offer.
Ryanair has not confirmed or denied the media speculation.