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Richard Branson Names Marks As The Man


Tony Marks Appointed Ceo Of Pacific Blue Airlines

Virgin Group Chairman, Richard Branson today announced Tony Marks as the man to head up the new International low fare airline Pacific Blue.

Richard congratulated Tony in person on his new appointment during a flying visit to Christchurch today.

Tony Marks brings with him 10 years of experience in the aviation industry, including his most recent role as CEO of Origin Pacific Airways. Prior to that, Tony spent 9 years with Air New Zealand in key roles including General Manager Sales & Marketing and General Manager Commercial.

David Huttner, Head of Communications and Strategy at Virgin Blue was on hand in Christchurch for today’s announcement and said, “Tony is well known in the industry and has excellent credentials as well as an outstanding reputation. Not only is he an innovative thinker, he is also an affable character who will fit in with the Virgin culture.”

Tony Marks will take up his Christchurch based role later this month.

“It’s a dynamic time in the aviation industry, especially in the New Zealand market and I am very much looking forward to exciting times ahead as we all work towards Pacific Blue becoming the airline of choice for New Zealand travellers”, said Tony Marks.

Other key Pacific Blue appointments so far include:

Tony Parrish

Flight Operations Manager
Bob MahonFlight Standards Manager
Peter MorganEngineering Manager
Alan FergusonQuality Assurance Manager
John HughesManager, Finance and Administration

Pacific Blue will launch its maiden service with a fleet of bright red, brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, emblazoned with on their side. The aircraft are fresh from the Boeing factory in Seattle and will carry the most modern technology in the South Pacific as well as 180 leather seats pitched to 32” or more.