Meath man Peter Bellew new CEO of Malaysian Airlines

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  • Former Ryanair executive and director of Kerry Airport
  • Succeeds Christoph Mueller as CEo of Malaysia
  • Central to change management of crisis-stricken airline

peter bellew bestPeter Bellew from Bettystown, Co Meath, is the new CEO of Malaysia Airlines following the departure of Christoph Mueller.

He became second in command at Malaysian in January 2015, directing engineering, flight operations, and ground operations, as well as having responsibility for the pilots and in-flight crew across a fleet of 140 planes.

Former Ryanair executive Bellew takes over from Mueller who is leaving for ‘personal reasons’ and has been a member of the MAB senior management team since it was relaunched in September 2015.

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Peter describes himself as “Meath to the bone but Kerry in my soul”. He went to CBC Monkstown, CBS St Marys Drogheda and Trinity College in Dublin.

He started his career with Ryanair, then joined Kerry Airport where the passenger numbers increased from 6,000 to 400,000.

He then worked for Ryanair for nine years. Where he responsible for sales and marketing and managed legal disputes with pilots.

Mueller and Bellew have helped restructure the airline following the shooting down of flight MH17 and the disappearance of a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Mueller officially ends his tenure in September but has now gone on leave and will be available to ensure a smooth transition, according to sole shareholder state investment agency Khazanah Nasional.

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Bellew stlll has a home outside Killarney formhis days with Kerry airport

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