Andrew Herdman to leave AAPA after 16 years

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Andrew Herdman will step down from the role of director general at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) after 16 years of service.

He will be succeeded by Subhas Menon on 1 March 2020, who has over 35 years of aviation experience with the Singapore Airlines Group, serving in roles including marketing, logistics and most recently regional vice president Europe.

Reporting through the executive committee to the AAPA Assembly of Presidents, Menon will represent the interests of AAPA and its member airlines on a wide range of aviation policy issues.

Welcoming Menon to the role, Herdman says it has been an honour and privilege to serve as AAPA director general, calling the association widely respected not only in the region but globally.

He says: “The Asia Pacific region is already the largest aviation market globally, with further great opportunities ahead of us. Subhas Menon, with his breadth of international and commercial experience, is very well qualified to lead AAPA in its next phase of development.”

Thanking Herdman for his work, AAPA chairman 2019 and chief executive officer of Cathay Pacific Airways, Augustus Tang says: “Under his guidance, AAPA has strengthened its profile both internationally and within the Asia Pacific region.”

Menon says he is honoured to take on the role, saying: “I am committed to promoting the sustainable development of Asia Pacific aviation, and increasing AAPA’s reach and influence across the region, addressing future challenges and opportunities for aviation in promoting economic and social development.”