Michael Blunt has been a member of the Aviation Club of the UK for most of its 28 years – and Vice-Chairman and a member of the Speakers Sub-Committee for the past three years, after being re-elected to the committee in 2016.
He served previously 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 four 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. He switched to oneworld shortly after the global airline alliance’s launch, where he is now Vice-President Corporate Affairs.
oneworld’s members include 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, with Royal Air Maroc a member elect and Fiji Airways its first ‘oneworld connect’ partner.
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 1,200 destinations in almost 180 countries on a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft operating 14,500 departures daily, and generating revenues of US$ 135 billion annually.
Michael began his working life as a journalist. Born in India, he spent much of his early years living in South and South East Asia. With dual UK and Irish citizenship, he is married with two grown-up children and lives in West Sussex.