Mr. French began his aviation career in 1970 with Caledonian Airways Ltd., before joining Air UK Limited in 1980. During his 10 years at Air UK Limited he held senior roles, in commercial, planning and marketing areas.
Mr French first joined Flybe in 1990, becoming commercial director shortly after. He subsequently became deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer. In June 2001, Mr. French was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Flybe, and in 2002 developed the plan which transformed Flybe into Europe’s largest regional airline. Mr. French was appointed Executive Chairman in March 2005. Uniquely, Mr French has been voted “Airline Executive of the Year” twice, in 2002 and 2004, by Regional Airline World. Mr. French chairs Flybe’s Nomination Committee. Mr. French was awarded a CBE in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “services to aviation”.