Airbus has appointed Catherine Jestin as executive vice president digital and information management.

Taking up the role on July 1st, she will join the executive committee and report to Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive.

“This nomination comes at a time of particular importance for the digital transformation of Airbus, as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis and prepare ourselves for the next phases in the development of our civil and military activities”, said Faury.

“The main focus of this new organisation will be to foster digital innovation across Airbus’ industrial ecosystem and our products and services portfolio, accelerating data analytics, artificial intelligence, automation and services for Airbus’ customers as well as digital security for the company.”

Jestin will work to reinforce the transversal cooperation across Airbus functions company-wide in order to continue the successful deployment of the digital design, manufacturing and services programme, established to enable co-design capabilities and digital continuity system-wide.

She will also leverage and coordinate digital talent pools across the organisation to support the wider transformation of Airbus’ ways of working through state-of-the-art digital tools.

Jestin currently holds the position of chief information officer at Airbus, a role that she has held since March last year.

BRUSSELS — The European Commission proposed Monday that vaccinated people should be exempt from testing or quarantines when traveling from one E.U. country to another, and urged a gradual easing of travel measures as Covid-19 inoculations accelerate.

The E.U. reached a deal this month on Covid-19 certificates that will show, via a QR code, whether a person is vaccinated, immune based on recovery from infection or has had a recent negative test. The scheme should be ready by July 1.

The European Union executive, which is seeking to end a current patchwork of travel measures across the bloc, said Monday that testing or quarantines should not apply to people who have been fully vaccinated 14 days prior to travel.

About half of E.U. adults have received a first vaccine dose.

People who have recovered from a Covid-19 infection should be exempt from restrictions for 180 days. The commission also proposed that more reliable, but more expensive PCR tests should be valid for 72 hours and rapid antigen tests for 48 hours.

Children, who are not yet in line for vaccinations, should not have to undergo a quarantine if traveling with parents who are exempt. Those aged six and older can be subject to tests.

The commission has also included an “emergency brake” to reimpose measures for travelers from areas where there is a surge of infections or many cases of a particular virus variant.

Travel from “dark red” areas, with more than 150 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over 14 days, would be “strongly discouraged,” while for green areas, with fewer than 25 cases, no restrictions would apply, the Commission proposal said.

Only Malta is currently green.

The proposal, which will is being put to E.U. member states, is similar to that already agreed for travel from outside the bloc for vaccinated travelers and those coming from “safe” countries, although tests can still apply.

Executive Air Taxi is now offering long-range private travel to the people of Bismarck. They purchased two new jets to make this happen.

“Non-stop service, much faster service, bigger payloads, farther range. It’s just great all around,” said Alex Kassian, the Director of Flight Operations.

The Hawker 4,000 and the Hawker 800 XP can get you anywhere in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean without having to stop for fuel.

Paul Vetter, the Chief Operating Officer of Executive Air, says they’re trying to meet our community’s growing needs.

“People are traveling further than they used to, and the airlines they go from one major city to another. We can go into over 5,000 airports in the country direct,” said Vetter.

Vetter also says over the last year, they’ve seen some changes.

“The pandemic obviously hit everybody differently. For us, it opened some doors now because people had gotten really frustrated with traveling on the airlines and going through some of the problems with canceled flights and things,” said Vetter.

The jets are larger and come with full-service lavatories, gallies, TVs and some kitchen appliances.

Private jets aren’t just for the rich and famous.

“Our company had offices in many different states. Many of the local companies are national companies and they need to travel for business, and the savings of time is very important. Time is money obviously in business, and being able to get to your destination quickly can be crucial,” said customer Sherry Kulish.

Kulish, a frequent flier, says private air travel also helps with work-life balance.

“Being home with family and your other commitments now outside of work, it’s a very important part of your life,” said Kulish.

So what else does this mean for the people of Bismarck?

“More aircraft means more jobs. More pilots, more mechanics. It’s something I really hope we can expand and build, build a high-class charter operation here in Bismarck,” said Kassian.

The Hawker 800 XP has already hit the runway, while the larger 4,000 model jet is set to take off sometime this fall.

Executive Air tells us they plan to buy more jets in the future and are also expanding their facilities later this year.

Travel management platform CWT has appointed Michelle McKinney Frymire to the role of chief executive.

She will take up the position at the start of May.

Incumbent, Kurt Ekert, will be stepping down and will take on the role of senior advisor to the company.

Frymire joined CWT in 2019 and has over 20 years’ travel industry experience.

Her leadership has spanned a broad range of functions with notable leadership roles as the chief financial officer at Starwood Vacation Ownership and Delta Technology (a division of Delta Air Lines).

“I am delighted to welcome Michelle to the role of leading our company into the next phase of our development, building on the successes of recent years, and continuing to push us into achieving our true potential,” said Rick Gage, chair of CWT parent company, CTII Holdings.

“Following a strong and dynamic performance in her most immediate role as president, strategy & transformation and chief financial officer, her leadership skills will be key to our future accomplishments and continued development.

“As a natural development in our succession planning, I am also pleased that Kurt will remain an advisor to CWT, and I thank him for his leadership and impact.”

After years of designing luxury Greek holidays for the rich and famous, Georgia Marouli planned to take the next steps of her career in 2020.

The 35-year-old decided to move to the UK for new opportunities in March.

But the pandemic, which shut her industry down, got in the way of those plans.

Georgia’s flight was cancelled and the impact of the coronavirus crisis on travel and tourism around the world closed many doors in her career.

Locked down in Greece, she decided to pursue another passion and retrain.

Computer science and technology was a hobby for her – and being stuck at home under a strict lockdown, gave her a chance to work on her tech skills.

She spent the summer sending off applications before eventually earning a place at the Raytheon Professional Services (RPS) Cyber Academy in Salford.

Georgia Marouli trained at the Raytheon Professional Services (RPS) Cyber Academy. Supplied by BCW Global. Uploaded by Joseph Timan. Permission for use for all LDRS Partners.
Georgia Marouli trained at the Raytheon Professional Services (RPS) Cyber Academy

Now she works in cybersecurity for Adecco on an Amazon contract.

“It was a difficult year,” she said, “not only for me, but for most people.

“Many people have lost their jobs, many people have changed their path in general – not only professionally, but personally too.

“For me, it was a bit difficult, but we need to be optimistic and be positive.

“I know for most people at the moment the situation seems very difficult.

“In the travel and tourism industry and the aviation industry, I know many stories from people that it’s very difficult to cope with this situation.

“But I think it’s also a chance to do something else or something better.”

Georgia, who moved to the UK in August and now lives in Moston, studied at the Salford school for four months before landing her new job in Manchester.

She was conscious that the industry she was entering is male-dominated, but has been encouraged to see many women in management positions at work.

It comes after Salford council became the first local authority in England to back the Tech She Can initiative which aims to increase the number of women working in the technology sector by inspiring and educating young girls.

Research by PwC, the company behind the campaign which surveyed more than 2,000 A-Level and university students nationwide, found that while 61 pc of male students would consider a career in technology, only 27 pc of female students would – and only 3 pc of them say it would be their first choice.

The RPS Cyber Academy reskilling programme, one of the first of its kind in the UK, has supported more than 90 Greater Manchester and Lancashire residents with ‘accessible’ routes into better quality digital employment.

Alongside online training, classes were held at The Landing in Media City.

Raytheon Professional Services says it is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in technology, aiming for 50 pc female and 50 pc Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic representation on all of its IT training