Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific Airways has appointed Vishal Pillai as the regional cargo services manager for South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA), effective from October 1, 2019. He replaces Karthik Radhakanthan and will be responsible for the business of Cathay Pacific Cargo, handling the regional operations for cargo, safety, contracts, compliances, regulatory affairs, and quality. His office will be based out of Mumbai, India.
Pillai joined Cathay Pacific Airways in Hyderabad in May 2014 as a manager on duty and after almost 4.5 years, he moved to Mumbai in November 2018 as the airport operations manager. With over a decade of experience in the aviation industry, Pillai has worked with some of the renowned airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa Airlines, and Kingfisher Airlines.
He started his career in the aviation industry in 2008 with Kingfisher Airlines in the guest services and RAMP division. Before joining Cathay Pacific Airways, he was a part of the on-ground operations team at British Airways.