Oman Air appoints Chief Officer

ON JANUARY 4 Oman Air announced it had appointed Richard Hodges as Chief Officer, Hotels and Catering.  The company says Mr Hodges brings with him exceptional expertise in the management of hotels and in-flight catering, and will play a leading role in the airline’s rapid expansion in these areas.  He will report directly to Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Hill.
On his appointment, Richard Hodges said: “I am thrilled to be joining Oman Air and to be taking on this immense and rewarding challenge.  Oman Air is in a phase where its leisure and hospitality sectors are poised for symbiotic growth.  I am sure that the airline’s expansion and the growing international awareness of Oman can, with the support and guidance of Oman Air’s management team and board of directors, be translated into fruitful business ventures.”
With over 30 years of experience in the hotel and catering industry, Mr Hodges has previously held a range of high level international positions. These include Vice President of Business Development at Regal Hotels International, General Manager of the Regal Airport Hotel in Hong Kong, and Vice President of hotel projects in San Diego, California, USA.  He has also been the Chairman of Hong Kong Airport Managers Association, a member of both the Executive Committee of Hong Kong Hotels Association and the Sub-committee of The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.