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Meet the Executive Team


John Matthews


Mr Matthews is the chairman and founder of AirX

The AirX journey started in 2011 when John Matthews took over a defunct executive jet airline. Determined to create a turnaround and build a legacy, John teamed with William Callanan, a veteran of the hedge fund market, who seeded the initial amount to begin leasing two LEgacy 600s.


AirX grew with a unique business model with sales growth from €8m to over €100m annually. 


In 2018 Investec Bank PLC was appointed as "Nomad" to begin the AirX journey to float onto the London Stock Exchange.


Investec and William Callanan supported John Matthews in financing and buying more shares of the airline.


AirX was determined to build a diverse fleet of aircraft which could suit numerous needs.


Today that vision and determination have allowed AirX to operate a fleet ranging from 13 seats (two-cabin) to transcontinental aircraft with (four cabins) and a double bedroom with ensuite.


In 2020 as the world descended into a Global Lockdown, AirX pivoted into cargo and converted one of the world's largest VIP jets into a pax-freighter, carrying 44 tonnes of freight from China to the western world.


In 2021 AirX continued to grow by starting its own in-house maintenance facility and launching a third-party service, winning clients such as national carriers and, major operators, even its competitors.


AirX is focused on being one of the best and not the largest airline; its vision is to create sustainable growth for the best of its shareholders and clients.


In 2021 AirX signed a PRE-IPO / Private Placement appointment with Zeus Capital to raise funds for exit/flotation in a three to five-year period. 


In 2022 AirX agreed on terms for $10m of asset-backed finance with Investec.


Eleven years later, the story continues,


Welcome to AirX.


Friedrich Baldinger


Mr Baldinger is the Chief Executive Officer at AirX


Houssam Hazzoury

Group CEO

Mr Hazzoury is the Group Chief Executive Officer at AirX


Abigail Bartolo


Ms Abigail Bartolo it the Chief Financial Officer at AirX

Houssam has 18+ years experience in operational roles in the aviation industry. Prior to being promoted to Group CEO, Houssam was responsible for AirX operations from 2013 Flight Dispatch License holder and Accountable Manager.

Friedrich was promoted to CEO in 2016 after overseeing operations as COO from 2014.
Prior to this, Friedrich was employed at Elytra Charter and is a qualified pilot Integrated Airline Transport Licence (ATPL) holder.

Prior to becoming Group FD in 2019, Abigail was Head of Consolidation and Group Reporting at VistaJet. Abigail has over ten years of experience in Audit at EY and Grant Thornton in Malta and as a Qualified Chartered Accountant.

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