Robert J. Kokonis
President & Managing Director
AirTrav Inc. co-founder Robert Kokonis has 23 years of corporate-entrepreneurial leadership experience acquired with three airlines including Air Canada, global travel management firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, global distribution system ("GDS") and e-Commerce leader Worldspan®, and through tens of aviation, transport and travel projects with AirTrav.
Robert led planning and investment search for a start-up airline, was recruited as CEO to build and finance CharterHub Inc., a travel technology firm, and helped exit business intelligence firm BMB Fuel to GE Aviation®. His work has taken him across North America, Europe, Russia, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Mideast.
His background has included ATC & airport charges, business planning, collective bargaining, corporate communications, e-Commerce, finance, fuel hedging and supply management, government and regulatory relations, channel marketing, operational benchmarking, procurement, product distribution, restructuring, sales and tour operations.
Under Robert's guidance, AirTrav is well equipped to address strategic and tactical issues in today's fiercely competitive environment. AirTrav helps customers position themselves effectively in an environment that continues to experience rapid transformation and restructuring.
Extensive Industry Network
Senior contacts are important, and Mr. Kokonis maintains senior aviation, travel industry and government relationships worldwide. In the public sector, he has been retained by the Canadian Transportation Agency, Canada's Competition Bureau and Transport Canada on various legislative, policy and regulatory matters.
Internationally, he has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pan-European air traffic control agency EUROCONTROL that is situated in Belgium, and with various Civil Aviation Authorities.
Frequent Demand Commentator, Lecturer and Speaker
Robert is one of Canada's most quoted experts on aviation, aerospace and travel topics by TV, radio, print and newswire media outlets. Most prominently, he is the primary on-air aviation and aerospace commentator for Canada's 24-hour Business News Network (BNN). See his recent media quotes here.
Robert has addressed conferences such as Aircraft Commerce Flight Ops, Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Canadian Airline Investment, and National Business Travel Association. He has delivered aviation lectures to the Airfinance Journal New York School of Aviation Finance, HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland, Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and a Trueventus seminar in Singapore. Topics have included commercial management, distribution, fuel hedging, and aircraft emissions.
Robert Kokonis holds an International MBA degree from the Helsinki School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland and a BA from The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.