Magma Aviation has a new head of commercial

By Rebecca Jeffrey

James Gilliard. Photo: Magma Aviation

Freighter operator Magma Aviation has appointed James Gilliard as head of commercial.

Gilliard brings with him 20 years of aviation industry experience, joining the business following two and a half years at IAG Cargo in London where he was regional sales manager.

Prior to that, Gilliard has held a number of senior roles at Etihad Airways, Gulf Air and Jet Airways.

His career in air cargo began in 1989 with Cathay Pacific, where he spent almost 18 years.

He is based at Chapman Freeborn subsidiary Magma Aviation’s Gatwick Airport headquarters.

Gilliard said: “It’s not every day a career opportunity so fitting comes along, so I am thrilled to be joining the dynamic and creative team at Magma Aviation, to support and build upon the success story here.

“The future of Magma Aviation is extremely exciting, and I will relish the opportunity to contribute to those impressive growth plans. I am also very much looking forward to reconnecting with many former colleagues and clients and making new connections.”

Conor Brannigan, Magma Aviation chief executive, said: “I really am delighted to welcome James onboard at Magma Aviation. James is extremely well known in the air cargo industry, and his vast experience and knowledge will be essential for Magma Aviation as we move into 2023 and the post-pandemic ‘new normal’.

“I have no doubt that James will excel in his new role, and from myself and all the team at Magma Aviation, I wish him a very warm welcome.”

Magma Aviation commercially markets dedicated widebody cargo aircraft capacity, contracted on an exclusive basis from third-party airlines.

It currently manages a fleet of Boeing 747-400BCF aircraft and offer a range of ad hoc and regular flying capacity to freight forwarders, logistics providers and charter brokers.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]