Air Mauritius confirms Viljoen as CEO and appoints Appalsamy as Chairman


Following an almost inexplicably long period as Acting CEO was Mr. Andre Viljoen finally confirmed as Chief Executive Officer of Air Mauritius earlier this week, having served in an acting capacity for nearly two years since December 2010.
A regular source in Port Louis also confirmed that government at the same time also appointed a new Chairman of the Board too, namely Mr. Appalsamy Thomas, who had in the past served with the airline in various capacities including as Managing Director.
The confirmation of Viljoen and the appointment of Appalsamy is generally seen as strengthening expertise on board level as well as affirming that the painful cost cutting measures instituted under Viljoen have been accepted by government as a way to reduce losses, though a restoration to profit is of course what will ultimately matter.
Viljoen according to the details provided was previously working in senior roles at South African and COMAIR.
Air Mauritius is according to information available operating a fleet of 12 aircraft, which include A340, A330, A319 and ATR 72. Congratulations to Andre and Happy Landings, wherever and whenever.