Eastern appoints Ebanks to oversee B777 cargo conversions

By Damian Brett

Mark Ebanks. Source: Eastern Airlines

Eastern Air Holdings has appointed Mark Ebanks as executive vice president – aircraft management and leasing to oversee the conversion of its express freighter fleet.

Ebanks will lead the development of aircraft leasing and asset management business operations, the company said.

He will also oversee the transition and adaptation of Eastern’s Boeing 777 aircraft in both passenger and Express Freighter cargo configurations into the commercial aviation marketplace and will play a “critical role in the placement of these aircraft into Eastern’s B777 Express Freighter service”.

Ebanks has held leadership roles in strategic and international commercial operations, marketing, asset management, and business development across aircraft financing and aviation services. Prior to joining Eastern Air Holdings, he most recently served as aerospace company iAero Thrust’s chief commercial officer. 

“We are extremely excited that Mark is joining our leadership team.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from more than two decades of aircraft management, leasing, and trading operations,” said Steve Harfst, Eastern Air Holdings president and chief executive.

“Mark will provide strong leadership and play a critical role in shaping the future of our aircraft portfolio including its commercial outreach promoting our new B777 Express Freighter’s introduction to the market and furthering our commitment to building long-term relationships with airline operators globally.”

Eastern’s B777 Express Freighter will be Class-E cargo aircraft targetting the express and e-commerce markets.

Due to enter service in Q1 2022, the Eastern B777 Express Freighter will be first to market with this aircraft type. 

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]