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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Robert Kokonis, president of ..., 20 Oct 2014 [cached]
Robert Kokonis, president of airline consulting firm AirTrav Inc., expects the impact could increase if an infected person that visited West Africa slips through Canadian screening efforts, or if a passenger on the Frontier Airlines plane that carried an infected U.S. nurse falls ill.
"That could potentially change the impact but right now (there's) very, very minimal impact," he said in an interview.
If the carry-on luggage is too ..., 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
If the carry-on luggage is too big, "the gate staff tag the bag, that bag has to be manually taken down the jetway stairs to the tarmac, into the plane," said Robert Kokonis, president of AirTrav Inc., Toronto-based airline consulting firm. "All that takes time."
Mr. Kokonis said he's in favour of the move. He takes a carry-on bag, but sticks to the limits.
"Nobody wants to hold up a flight, especially their own," he added.
Aviation Consulting | Management | AirTrav Inc., 11 May 2014 [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 23 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 tens of 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 senior 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.
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. Most prominently, he is the primary on-air aviation and aerospace commentator for Canada's 24-hour Business News Network (BNN). See his recent media quotes here.
Robert has addressed conferences such as Aircraft Commerce Flight Ops, Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Canadian Airline Investment, and National Business Travel Association. He has delivered aviation lectures to the Airfinance Journal New York School of Aviation Finance, HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland, Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and a Trueventus seminar in Singapore. Topics have included commercial management, distribution, fuel hedging, and aircraft emissions.
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.
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