Corporate Partner Briefing by Christine Ourmières-Widener FRAeS, Chief Executive Officer, Flybe

2 October 2017

Royal Aeronautical Society

Corporate Partner Event

Punching above our weight - the role of Flybe and the regional airline industry in a rapidly evolving European airline market

Please note:  Attendance at this event is strictly exclusive to Royal Aeronautical Society Corporate Partners.


Flybe CEO, Mrs Ourmières-Widener, will give an overview of recent market developments in the European airline market, how regional airlines have evolved and changed across the last 20 years.  She will also cover where Flybe is positioning itself in a rapidly consolidating and fiercely competitive market to position itself to be the best and strongest regional airline in Europe, as well as giving some perspectives on the future.


16.30 hrs Registration and refreshments
17.00 hrs Briefing and discussion
18.00 hrs Reception
19.00 hrs Close

Speaker Details

Christine Ourmières-Widener, Chief Executive Officer, Flybe


With extensive international experience across the aviation and travel sectors, immediately prior to joining the airline, she was Chief Global Sales Officer for American Express Global Business Travel, responsible for developing the company’s strategy and driving business growth in major markets across North America, Europe and Asia with a strong focus on improving the customer experience.

Between 2010 and 2015, Christine was CEO and Accountable Manager with CityJet – becoming the first female CEO of an Irish-licensed airline and one of only 15 across all commercial airlines. She had overall responsibility for all operations including network, distribution, finance, marketing, communications, quality assurance and airport operation; and she played an integral role in securing investors during the sale of the company to AF/KLM, latterly leading projects for the newly independent airline including its rebranding, re-fleeting and deep restructuring.

She had previously worked her way up through the ranks of Air France to become the airline’s first-ever vice president/general manager of Air France-KLM, USA in New York, having held a number of increasingly senior roles including general manager (UK and Ireland), vice president of Air France global sales and vice president of international sales and, during her tenure as Commercial Director, was instrumental in the launch of Amadeus in France. 

Christine possesses a Masters degree in Aeronautics from the Ecole National Superieure of ENSMA and a MBA from Essec Business School. 


To register

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Royal Aeronautical Society

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London W1J 7BQ

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