Mr Kinnear joins Air Seychelles from strategic partner Etihad Airways, where he held the position of Senior Vice President – Revenue Management and Planning, responsible for leading the airline’s revenue management, inventory control, pricing, and revenue forecasting. He replaces Manoj Papa.

The Board of Air Seychelles, chaired by Joël Morgan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, approved the appointment.

During his three decades in the airline industry, Mr Kinnear has earned a reputation for delivering leading practice across the commercial and financial operations of the business, driving both revenue and profit.

Confirming its success, Air Seychelles was recognised earlier this week at the World Travel Awards, being named the Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline, Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline - Business Class, and Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew, which it won for the second year running.

Roy Kinnear said: “I am proud to be given the opportunity to lead Air Seychelles with its demonstrated success and yet significant untapped potential. I look forward to working with leaders across all areas of the business to capture opportunities and drive performance, while continuing to build a supportive team-based culture.

“With a strong and focused team we will be able to tackle and succeed at anything we put our mind to; this is indeed a very exciting time in the evolution of Air Seychelles,” Mr Kinnear said.

Having gained an honours degree in Economics and Statistics, Roy Kinnear started his career with British airline, bmi, holding the position of General Manager Revenue Optimisation, before moving to Bahrain to become Head of Network Revenue Management at Gulf Air from 2002 to 2006.

In 2006 Mr Kinnear moved to Abu Dhabi where he held the post of Vice President Revenue Management at Etihad Airways until 2010 before being appointed Senior Vice President Cargo in 2010.

In 2011 Mr Kinnear was appointed to the role of SVP Revenue Management and Planning. He has previously been a Board Member and Chairman of Amadeus Gulf and Armaguard LLC, both joint ventures of Etihad Airways.