Oct 20, 2017

Ryanair hire Peter Bellew flies into new challenge

Just days before Malaysia Airlines' chief executive Peter Bellew announced he would be leaving to move back to his former employer, Ryanair, the Irishman donned his guitar and sang at an industry dinner in London. Mr Bellew worked in a variety of roles at Ryanair for almost a decade before ending his time there as director of flight operations in 2014. One industry executive, who has known Mr Bellew for two decades, says he is not a typical Ryanair director. "It always struck me that . . . other Ryanair executives after a while would morph into Michael O'Leary, the same mannerisms, facial expressions, the same voice. But Peter would be someone who is not the Ryanair type. His bedside manner is far removed from Michael O'Leary," he says. One Ryanair pilot has said he felt the hire of Mr Bellew was a "Bad move", stating that the airline needed "Change" rather than appointing a former employee.

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