Michael Blunt has been a member of the Aviation Club of the UK for most of its 26 years.
He served as a committee member until April 2015 when he was obliged to stand down after completing two full terms. For all but a few months of those six years, he was Chairman of the Speakers Sub-Committee, arranging speakers for almost 50 club lunches. He also served on the sub-committee to appoint the club’s new secretariat in 2015.
Michael has worked in the airline industry for more than three decades.
He spent the first two of them at British Airways, filling various senior communications/PR roles, during its turnaround under the legendary Lords King and Marshall, during its privatization and through its heady growth period of the 1990s. Appointments there included Head of Internal Communications, Head of Media Relations and Head of Corporate Communications.
For the past decade or so, he has been Vice-President Corporate Communications for the oneworld alliance, whose members include airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines and around 30 of their affiliated carriers.
Between them, these airlines account for almost a fifth of the entire global industry’s capacity and revenues, flying some 550 million passengers last year to more than 1,000 destinations in almost 160 countries on a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft operating 14,000 departures daily, and generating revenues of US$ 135 billion annually.
Besides leading communications activity globally for oneworld, Michael also serves as its senior representative in Europe.
He began his working life as a journalist.
With dual UK and Irish nationalities, he spent much of his early years living in South and South East Asia.
He is married with two grown-up children.