Over the past couple of months, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know my new “counterpart”- Airbus head of marketing, Andy Shankland.

We first met at the Airfinance conference in Dublin and then again at the Geneva Forum where we had an opportunity to chat over dinner.

Andy is taking over the reins from Colin Stuart. I’ve had the opportunity over the years to be a part of several panels and to speak opposite Colin. I’ve always found him to be a worthy “adversary” and always a strong advocate for Airbus products and services.

Colin is well-respected in the industry, and certainly has my respect as well. So I just wanted to take a moment and say that we’re going to miss seeing him at the podium in future conferences and media events. He’s always been a true professional, and I wish him the best.

Comments (3)

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Civil aviation advocacy at its finest, we know Boeing and Airbus share a lot of the same struggles when it comes to selling in the troubled world economy and the development of the A380 and the 787 respectively and both companies have shared success on the sales and backlog of the A350 and the 787 so I think their is a lot of camaraderie that comes with the competition between the only two major big aircraft manufacturers in the world.

Best of success for you and Andy, I know who I am rooting for but I wish Andy good luck and a successful stay at Airbus.

P.Sumantri (France):

Weight a minute!
Randy and Andy, that's only one "R" away.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Ha! P. Sumantri, nice one - kind of explains how the untrained eye may be confused by looking at the flight decks of an Airbus and a Boeing - and thinking it is the same thing (an Airbus). Or the planes themselves! Shocking..


Nothing like good competition - a nice challenge to get you to go further. Here's to more level playing fields, better competition and greater innovation.

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