Air France-KLM appoints new Regional Commercial Director for the Middle East

Air France-KLM has announced the appointment of Sylvain Mathias as the new Regional Commercial Director Middle East, based at the company’s regional headquarters in Dubai Airport Free Zone, United Arab Emirates. Sylvain Mathias has taken over this role from Wilson Tauro who moved with the company to South Africa as the new Country Manager.

In his new role, Mr. Mathias is responsible for the regional team covering pricing, marketing and business intelligence for the Middle East including the company’s seven online markets – Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He reports directly to the Air France-KLM General Manager Middle East.

Mr. Mathias has held several senior roles with Air France-KLM in business development, sales, and corporate strategy, including regional commercial/sales director roles in Greater China, North America and Near East. He joins the Middle East team from his previous role as Regional Commercial Director Near East based in Beirut, Lebanon. Sylvain Mathias is a graduate of the Ecole de Management de Lyon, France, and holds a Master’s degree in business administration.

Commenting on the new appointment, Simon Scholte, General Manager Middle East, Air France-KLM, said: “We are delighted to announce this important new appointment and to welcome Sylvain Mathias to the Middle East. His strong international commercial expertise, product knowledge and his previous experience in the region and across the Air France-KLM group will be highly valuable to the team.” 

Air France-KLM offers 41 weekly flights* from various cities in the Middle East to the airline’s two hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol, connecting passengers to the global network of destinations in Europe and the Americas.

About Air France-KLM

A global player with a strong European base, the Air France-KLM Group’s main areas of business are passenger transport, cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance.

Air France-KLM is a leading airline Group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. It offers its customers access to a worldwide network, covering over 300 destinations thanks to Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.

Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is one of the leaders in Europe with over 17 million members.

Together with its partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, Air France-KLM operates the largest transatlantic joint venture, with more than 340 daily flights.

Air France-KLM is also a member of the SkyTeam, the alliance dedicated to providing passengers with a more seamless travel experience at every step of their journey 19 member airlines working together across an extensive global network.

Recognized for 15 years as an industry leader in sustainable development, the Air France-KLM Group is determined to accelerate the transition to more sustainable aviation. Since 2003, the Air France-KLM Group has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The aim is to make a significant contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in connection with the Group’s activities.