Published on December 8th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Six West Wins Most Innovative Business Award

Flight Operations Service provider Six West, has won the Most Innovative Business Award at the Southern Star’s annual West Cork Business and Tourism Awards’ ceremony held recently in Cork. The West Cork Business and Tourism Awards is an initiative which celebrates and recognises excellence in business and tourism in Cork and with offices in Cork, Dublin, Hong Kong, Malta and the Cayman Islands, Six West was keen to participate in the yearly event.

This year, the judges received 140 entries in 11 categories and following a “pitch and presentation” to industry peers and a judging panel in October, Six West was found worthy of winning the coveted Most Innovative Business Award. Co-founder Jason Williamson said, “This award is testament to our commitment to deliver innovative solutions to the aircraft leasing and aviation industries. It also recognises how the geographically dispersed Six West team, spread throughout Europe, Asia and the US, bridge time zones and continents to consistently deliver world-class services to the largest aircraft leasing organisations, who rely on us to deliver safe and efficient solutions in response to their needs.  Our Skibbereen office manages all finance, logistics, travel, HR and administration globally, backing up the Flight Operations team in Dublin and abroad. The operations are fast-paced, dynamic and technical. Watching our team perform is a live example of what educated, smart and hardworking people are capable of doing on a global scale when goals are aligned, tools are provided and teamwork is prioritised.”

Six West and Malta MedAir Announce a Joint Venture

Six West and Malta MedAir, a Maltese airline wholly owned by the Government of Malta, have established a new joint venture called Six West Malta. The aim of the joint venture is to position Malta as an attractive jurisdiction for the aircraft leasing industry through the provision of both a niche service which optimises aircraft use in between leases and ACMI services.

Placing aircraft on Six West Malta’s AOC (Air Operator’s Certificate) enables aircraft lessors greater access to worldwide lease placements in destinations which currently present unfavourable levels of risk within the prevailing lessor-lessee business model.

Dany Pennington, CEO of Six West Malta, said, “We are looking forward to working with Malta MedAir and together we offer a compelling alternative to the established status-quo in the lessor-lessee relationship. Lessors now have options to securely leverage the full commercial value of their assets and reduce the need for long-term preservation whilst lessees can look forward to accessing more modern and efficient aircraft than previously possible”.

Paul Bugeja, Executive Chairman of Malta MedAir, stated, ‘’The company is embarking on this joint venture with a determination to succeed in this new, untapped market.  Although the market offers exciting opportunities, we are aware that success is dependent on hard work, perseverance, commitment, and above all professionalism. I am confident that the  multi-skilled, experienced and proficient Six West Malta team will ensure that all stakeholders stand to benefit from the joint venture’s aviation services”.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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