Robert J. Kokonis
Robert J. Kokonis
President & Managing Director
Robert J. Kokonis has 22 years of leadership experience in the airline and travel sectors, acquired with major airlines including Air Canada where he headed finances for commercial and operational divisions, plus Finnair and Royal Jordanian.
Kokonis also held positions with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Worldspan and CharterHub Inc.
Since founding AirTrav Inc. in 2001, Kokonis has provided financial, commercial, operational, regulatory and fuel management guidance to aviation concerns worldwide.
has conducted due diligence and research for private equity firms and banks on airline investments, and spearheaded an airline start-up plan and investment search.
Kokonis works at a senior executive level, guiding Managing Directors, Chief Financial Officers, Treasurers, Chief Operating Officers, Directors of Commercial Strategy and Board Audit Committees
at airlines worldwide.
Currently, he sits on the Advisory Boards of several start-ups, including San Francisco based Boutique Air.
Over the past four years Kokonis helped implement a sales, product distribution and revenue management practice for the International Air Transport Association
(IATA) and other clients, helping airlines understand attainable cost and revenue opportunities.
simultaneously developed a fuel hedging and procurement practice for IATA
A hallmark of his
career has been his
In this respect, one of his
most significant accomplishments was his
creation of an airline start-up plan that covered all financial, commercial, operational, and regulatory elements and which progressed to the point of an investment road show.
More recently he
helped start a company that introduced western business leaders to the emerging market powerhouses of China and India.
An acknowledged airline authority, Kokonis is a top quoted analyst by A-list television, radio, print, and travel trade media.
Media outlets have included Reuters
, Associated Press
, Dow Jones Investment Services
, USA Today
, Financial Post, Canada's Business News Network (BNN), CBC, CTV, Global TV and syndicated radio.
regularly addresses influential gatherings such as the Canadian Airline Investment Conference
, Euromoney-Airfinance Journal New York School of Aviation Finance
, National Business Travel Association
, Association of Corporate Travel
Executives and the Aircraft Commerce FlyOps Conference.
also lectures globally to universities and in-company with transport concerns on airline finance, distribution, and operations.
has provided expert testimony to regulatory bodies such as EuroControl
, the pan European air traffic control agency
, Transport Canada
, the Canadian Transportation Agency
on bi-lateral air service agreements, public hearings on travel distribution deregulation, and Canada's Competition Bureau
He holds an International MBA degree (Honors Finance) from the Helsinki School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland and a B.A. from The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.