Graham Howat

Chief Operating Officer and Founder

An aviation professional to his core, Graham brings to flypop as one of its original founders a lifetime of airline engineering knowledge and expertise from BA and HAECO (Cathay)

Graham Howat

After a five-year graduate apprenticeship with British Aerospace, graham gained an MSc in Aircraft Design/Air Transport Engineering from Cranfield University, and spent four years in Management Services with British European Airways/British Airways. He subsequently spent 18 years in Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific Airways’ sister company, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO), where he was responsible for a variety of engineering activities before spending six years heading the Marketing Division. This requiredextensive travel to airline clients and industry contacts across five continents, particularly in South and East Asia, China, the Middle East and the USA. He moved on to oversee five years of high growth for HAECO as Managing Director.

Returning to the UK in 1990, Graham founded an aviation services and consulting group and led consulting teams in diverse locations, Ireland, South Africa, Slovakia and Saudi Arabia, as well as blue chip UK aviation companies, including British Airways, Virgin, Rolls-Royce, KLM and AirUK.

He was employed at VP level in international business development roles by British Airways at Heathrow, Volvo Aero Engine Services in Stockholm, Singapore Technologies-Aerospace in Brussels and United Technologies in Connecticut, USA.

As one of the original founders of the project, along with Nino Judge and Bobby Bhakar, Graham has worked pro bono on the project for the last few years.

Other members of the team:
Charlie Clifton

Senior Operations Adviser

With over 30 years of experience in the low cost airline business there is very little that Charlie has not come across before. flypop is immensely fortunate that he is part of the team.

(Jay) Jayesh Parshotham

Senior Investment Adviser

Jay brings over 25 years of experience in financial global markets. Jay has spent 20 years working for a major US investment bank as trader and a managing director responsible for trading businesses across London, Hong Kong and New York. Jay has spent the last 3 years as a Partner and an Emerging Markets portfolio manager for a London based macro hedge fund.

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