Leslie Cassar, Chairman
Previously Leslie enjoyed a long and successful career with Qantas Airways and then with Concorde International Travel and World Aviation Systems. In 2002 Leslie successfully negotiated the sale of his Concorde/World Aviation Australia group of companies to the banking giant ABN AMRO.
Passionate concerning all things related to Malta, the Cassar family’s ancestral home, Leslie has dedicated more than 30 years to enhancing the strong relations that exist between Australia and Malta. For many years he was president of the Australian-Maltese Chamber of Commerce. In 1989 Leslie was invested as a knight of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In 1993 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Leslie was decorated in 1997 by the Australian Government with The Order of Australia (AM). This honour was bestowed in recognition of his services to the Australian Travel Industry and for furthering Australia-Malta relations. Leslie Cassar also serves as a Director of Destination New South Wales, a government tourism body.
Anthony Cassar, Managing Director & Legal Counsel
Anthony has been Managing Director and Legal Counsel of Aviation Online since its inception.
A dual graduate (Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Applied Science – Land Economics), Anthony has practiced commercial law specialising in Tourism and Aviation & Mergers & Acquisitions. He was previously Commercial Projects Manager for Concorde International Travel & World Aviation Systems, Australia.
Previous to forming Aviation Online, Anthony was co-founder in 2001 and co-managing director of airline representation company, Global Aviation Services, which is now part of JTG and a competitor of Aviation Online.
Anthony advises on aviation law and bi-laterals for International and Domestic airlines. He is a Director of World Aviation Group (Malta), incorporating Aviation Online (Malta), our European sister GSA company. Anthony has been a member of the New South Wales Law Society since 1997.
Colin Hughes, Director International Operations
Col has been in the Airline Industry for over 40 years. He began his career in Qantas serving in Japan, USA, Europe and South East Asia. He then moved to Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong as GM marketing services Worldwide, then to Bahrain as GM Middle East. After 11 years at CX he moved to Continental Airlines as GM Pacific. Subsequently he moved to Northwest as VP Asia Pacific in Hong Kong.
In 1995 Col moved back to Qantas as senior VP international for 8 years. In 2003, together with Anthony Cassar, founded a GSA company, Global Aviation Services which then merged with World Aviation Systems to form the largest GSA company in Asia pacific with 41 client carriers (9 online carriers).
Tony Wilson, General Manager – Australia and New Zealand
Tony Wilson has gained comprehensive experience throughout the travel industry over the last eight years. He started out with Lunn Poly, the UK’s leading tour operator in 1997, and has gone on to work with Sydney International Travel Centre as an on-line reservation specialist. Tony started with Aviation Online in early 2002.
Yurike Russo, Product Development Manager
Yurike joined the Aviation Online 5 years ago and is now responsible for the growth and multi-channel distribution of all carrier product to both trade and consumer. Through her dedication and attention to detail she has maintained all key industry contacts as well overseeing the management of the membership database, critical to the continued success of the Company. Yurike’s knowledge of product and support in daily operations ensures our customers’ needs are met and expectations exceeded.
Francis Lou, General Manager – China, Hong kong and Taiwan
Francis joined Aviation Online in 2007 as General Manager China, Hong Kong and Taiwan where he established our representation business with the GSA for Virgin Blue and Air Malta in those territories. After completing his Automobile Engineering Degree, Francis worked for Qantas for over 30 years in China. 20 Years as Airport Manager HK and 10 years as General Manager China, heading up, distributions, marketing, airport and all matters in China.
Now leading our China team, Francis’s intimate knowledge of the local market and vast experience in the China aviation industry ensure an extremely efficient and cost effective Airline and Tourism representation solution for our clients in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Matthew Wong – Finance and Administration
Matthew brings over 30 years of senior travel accounting expertise to the management team including previously CFO – World Aviation Group (Australia) head office Sydney, and 10 years at Cathay Pacific head office, Hong Kong. Matthew is proficient in all finance, payroll, taxation and HR related tasks.
Michael Neumann, Manager Southern Region
As Manager Southern Region, Michael brings to the organisation more than 30 years of business experience from several fields. Michael was instrumental in setting up the original Melbourne operation for World Aviation (then GSA for Air Malta, Brussels Airlines, and SriLankan Airlines) including the implementation of their first automated reservation system.
Mariella Neumann, Sales Manager Southern Region
As sales manager southern states, Mariella draws upon more than 30 years of sales experience in the travel industry. Having spent her initial years and completed her training with Qantas Airways in Melbourne, Mariella continued her career in all facets of airline and travel work.
Ray Kumar, Business Development Consultant
Ray is a graduate from Australian National University and has an extensive experience in aviation and travel industry. His background includes general management of airlines with experience and qualifications in sales, accounting, administration and migration law.
Ray’s career started as an accountant with KPMG and later joined American Express Travel. In 1992 he started with airline ticket consolidator, Metro Travel and in 1997 was appointed product manager for Vacationland in Sydney.
Previously Ray was employed by Aviation Services Australasia as a state manager NSW (2000-2009), an airline representation company having worked with Polynesian Airlines, Air Calin and Air Mauritius.