Robert Kokonis, President and Managing Director, AirTrav Inc.
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Mr. Robert J Kokonis

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President and Managing Director

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AirTrav Inc.
10 Delisle Avenue 14Th Floor, Suite 1402
Toronto , Ontario M4V 3C6

Company Description: Toronto-based AirTrav Inc. serves the aviation and broader transport industries, with clients coming from the airline, airport, defence, government, investment,...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • President and Director
    Peel Condominium Corporation 595


  • International Master of Business Administration , Finance
    Helsinki School of Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts , Political Science
    The University of Western Ontario
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Advisory Board | EnvAerospace, 13 Mar 2015 [cached]
Robert J. Kokonis - Member of the EnvAerospace™ Advisory Board. Mr. Kokonis holds 25 years of experience in the aviation and related sectors, acquired with major airlines such as Air Canada, travel management leader Carlson Wagonlit Travel, global distribution system Worldspan, and travel technology pioneer CharterHub Inc.
Mr. Kokonis is presently Managing Director of AirTrav Inc., a respected Toronto firm that provides commercial, financial, fuel management, operational and regulatory guidance to airlines, airports, armed forces, governments, marine and roadhaul transports, and trade groups such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC). He also conducts due diligence and research for private equity firms and banks on aviation investments.
Mr. Kokonis' airline projects have transcended every continent and included major network, low cost, charter, regional, and cargo carriers, while his airport work has ranged from local gateways to international hubs.
Over the past nine years Mr. Kokonis pioneered new fuel management practices for airlines and IATA members, covering hedging reviews, strategic fuel procurement, and supply chain optimization.
Between 2007 and 2009 he conducted business development activities for a data company that had developed a best-in-class fuel business intelligence solution. At the same time he provided financial planning and investment road show support that led up to that firm's acquisition in late 2009 by GE Aviation and its new Fuel & Carbon Solutions division.
An acknowledged airline authority, Mr. Kokonis is a frequent airline and aerospace analyst for Canada's Business News Network (BNN). His comments are also frequently solicited by other A-list media globally including BBC World News Business Report, Financial Post, and Thomson-Reuters.
Mr. Kokonis regularly addresses influential gatherings such as the Canadian Airline Investment Conference and the Aircraft Commerce FlyOps Conference. He also lectures globally on airline topics such as airline fuel hedging and airline finance to the Airfinance Journal New York School of Aviation Finance and IATA's Training & Development Institute.
Mr. Kokonis has provided expert testimony and research to government bodies such as Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency, to Canada's Competition Bureau, and to several law firms on aviation-related litigation. He holds an International MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland and a BA from The University of Western Ontario.
Aviation Consulting | Management | AirTrav Inc., 17 Feb 2015 [cached]
Robert J. Kokonis - President & Managing Director of AirTrav Inc., Airline and Travel Management Consultants
Robert J. Kokonis President & Managing Director
AirTrav Inc. co-founder Robert Kokonis has 25 years of corporate-entrepreneurial leadership experience acquired with three airlines including Air Canada, global travel management firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel ®, global distribution system ("GDS") and e-Commerce leader Worldspan®, and through 80 aviation, transport and travel projects with AirTrav.
Robert led planning and investment search for a start-up airline, was recruited as CEO to build and finance CharterHub Inc., a travel technology firm, and helped exit business intelligence firm BMB Fuel to GE Aviation ®. His work has taken him across North America, Europe, Russia, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Mideast.
Senior contacts are important, and Mr. Kokonis maintains A-list aviation, travel industry and government relationships worldwide. In the public sector, he has been retained by the Canadian Transportation Agency, Canada's Competition Bureau and Transport Canada on various legislative, policy and regulatory matters.
Internationally, he has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol that is situated in Belgium, and with various Civil Aviation Authorities.
Significant associations have retained Mr. Kokonis including the National Airlines Council of Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association. Of particular importance, he is a frequent commercial and finance consultant for the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Frequent Demand Commentator, Lecturer and Speaker
Robert is one of Canada's most quoted experts on aviation, aerospace and travel topics by TV, radio, print and newswire media outlets. He is one of the primary on-air aviation and aerospace commentators for Canada's 24-hour Business News Network (BNN). Recent media quotes are here.
Robert speaks annually on hedging, derivatives and corporate governance strategies to the prestigious Airfinance Journal of Aviation Finance in New York City, and to a risk management conference in Singapore. He has addressed conferences such as Aircraft Commerce Flight Ops, Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Canadian Airline Investment, and National Business Travel Association, and has lectured on a variety of aviation topcs to Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland, and at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Robert Kokonis holds an International MBA degree from the Helsinki School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland and a BA from The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.
Today's News, 20 Mar 2002 [cached]
Worldspan Appoints Robert Kokonis to Lead Canadian Operations
WORLDSPAN LOGO Worldspan logo. (PRNewsFoto)[PM] ATLANTA, GA USA 04/24/2000
TORONTO, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Worldspan today announced the appointment of Robert J. Kokonis to the position of general manager - Canada.In his new post, Kokonis is responsible for directing initiatives designed to increase Worldspan's share of the Canadian travel agency market, as well as building closer relationships with new and existing travel supplier partners and e-commerce customers in Canada.Kokonis is based in Toronto and reports to Pat Hochstein, vice president - North America Sales.
"Rob Kokonis is thoroughly familiar with the opportunities and challenges facing the travel management, aviation and global distribution system industries, including the ongoing changes to distribution channels, revenue streams, corporate travel procurement and customer-supplier relations," commented Hochstein in announcing Kokonis' appointment.
Kokonis joins Worldspan from CharterHub Inc., a Toronto-based Internet development firm.As president and CEO, Kokonis led CharterHub's launch of a business-to-business e-commerce solution for the executive air charter industry.The company's Internet-based booking engine enabled real-time availability, pricing and reservations for a range of customers, including aircraft brokers and operators, fractional ownership firms, corporate travel management companies, Internet portals, and global distribution systems.
Prior to CharterHub, Kokonis served as director - Industry Relations for the Canadian headquarters of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, where he was responsible for negotiating and administering supplier contracts with airlines, hotels, car rental companies, and travel insurance firms.
Previously, Kokonis served with Air Canada where he initially headed finances for the carrier's Sales and Product Distribution group, gaining experience with e-commerce driven changes to distribution channel strategies.Later, he headed finances for Air Canada's Flight Operations and System Operations Control groups, managing some of the company's largest operating and capital investments.
Earlier in his career, Kokonis managed sales and marketing functions with a number of airlines, including Finnair and Royal Jordanian.Kokonis has also operated his own consulting business, AirTrav Inc., to provide management and industry-specific solutions to the aviation and corporate travel management sectors.His global business experience has taken him across North America, Europe and the Middle East, conducting business with local Canadian consulates and a wide range of international associates.
Worldspan provides global electronic distribution of travel information, Internet products and connectivity, and electronic commerce capabilities for travel agencies, travel service providers and corporations worldwide.The company's three lines of business are travel supplier services, e-commerce, and global distribution systems for the worldwide travel industry.The Worldspan reservations system provides nearly 21,000 travel agencies and other users worldwide with travel data and booking capabilities for hundreds of the world's leading travel supplier services.Worldspan is the market leader in e-commerce for the travel industry, processing more than 50 percent of all online travel agency bookings.The company maintains world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.Worldspan is owned by affiliates of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL), Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWAC) and American Airlines.
Travel Law, 10 Mar 2012 [cached]
Robert J. Kokonis Travel Law
Robert J. Kokonis President & Managing Director AirTrav Inc. 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.
He 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. He simultaneously developed a fuel hedging and procurement practice for IATA.
A hallmark of his career has been his corporate-entrepreneurial mix. 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, CNN, USA Today, Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Canada's Business News Network (BNN), CBC, CTV, Global TV and syndicated radio.
He 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. He also lectures globally to universities and in-company with transport concerns on airline finance, distribution, and operations.
Kokonis 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.
Aviation Week's Aviation Week & Space Technology, 17 May 2002 [cached]
Robert J. Kokonis has become Toronto-based general manager for Canada for Worldspan.He was president/CEO of CharterHub Inc., also in Toronto.
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