An aircraft operated by AirAsia X Bhd., right, taxis past a Malaysian Airline System Bhd. aircraft on the runway. (Photographer: Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg)

AirAsia India Names Sanjay Kumar As Chief Commercial Officer

Budget carrier AirAsia India named former IndiGo senior executive Sanjay Kumar as its chief commercial officer.

This is the second senior-level appointment in the Bangalore-headquartered carrier in more than a month. Last month, it had named Tata Group veteran Sunil Bhaskaran as its managing director and chief executive officer.

Kumar, who joins on Dec. 3, will be responsible for commercial operations and shaping the next phase growth at AirAsia India, a company release said. He will report to Bhaskaran, it added.

“I am confident that Sanjay’s experience and knowledge of this sector will prove to be valuable in steering the company forward,” said S Ramadorai, chairman, AirAsia India in the statement.

Kumar has earlier worked as CCO with IndiGo, a position which he quit in July this year. He was also associated with erstwhile Air Sahara, Royal Airlines and its low-cost carrier, as well as budget carrier SpiceJet, the release said.

AirAsia India is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Berhad, with 51 percent and 49 percent stake, respectively.