Chennai's Mittu Chandilya is the CEO of AirAsia in India

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chennai: Mittu Chandiliya will take charge as the chief executive officer of AirAsia in India from June 1. Aged just 33 years he is one of the youngest to head an airline in India.

An MBA degree holder, educated at INSEAD in France, Chandilya was formerly the head of services practices for Asia Pacific at Egon Zehnder International, an advisory firm with more than 420 consultants spread across 40 countries.

“Mittu has always been a passionate follower of the aviation industry,” said AirAsia in a statement. Chandilya’s last job was as Principal and head of service practice at management consultancy firm Egon Zehnder in Singapore.

AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes is, however, more than convinced about his abilities. “Mittu is coming home to change Indian travel and make it affordable for all Indians to fly,” he tweeted. Fernandes also said he was an “outstanding young man with great entrepreneurial skills. He is very passionate about the low-cost carrier business and possesses the crucial understanding on how our business model work.”

Fernandes is known to select executives from non-aviation backgrounds to head his airlines. Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, was a senior director of a television channel while heads of his airlines in Thailand and Philippines earlier worked in Warner Music.