Till December 2009, Pierre Vellay was Senior Vice President, New Aircraft and Corporate Fleet Planning of Air France. Pierre Vellay was named head of Fleet Planning in 1994 at the time of the merger between Air France and UTA.
Pierre Vellay joined UTA in 1972. Prior to the merger with Air France, he was successively at UTA in charge of special projects, in the electronic warfare area, the Project Manager of the assembly of the super Guppy on the behalf of Airbus Industrie, and responsible for the installation and check-out of the French Awacs. In 1990, he was appointed as Chairman of two subsidiaries of UTA (REVIMA -MRO APU and landing gear-, CRMA -engine parts manufacturing) and as Executive Vice President of UTA. Between 1990 and 1994 he was in charge of the engineering and maintenance of Air France Industries, more specifically for the third parties and KSSU and ATLAS partners.
Between 1995 and 1997, Pierre Vellay was in charge of the reduction of the Air France fleet to comply with the European Commission recommendations. In 1996, he restructured the fleet after the merger with Air Inter, the domestic French airline and Air Charter. He established the future profile of the Air France fleet, focusing the short medium haul fleet around the A320 family, and the long haul fleet with the A330/A340, 777 and A380. Pierre Vellay conducted a specific process to accelerate the rationalization of the fleet (Airplane and Engines), for the passenger and freighter airplanes. He has also played a major role in the introduction of the 777-200ER, the original specification and the launching of the 777-300ER and the 777 freighter, the definition of the enhanced version of the 747-400ERF, as well as for A318 and A330-200. He has been associated at the conceptual definitions of the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350.The dedicated team for the definition and EIS of the A380 reports to him. From mid-2000, he has been playing a new role for the rationalization of the fleet of Air France Regional partners around the Embraer (definition of the E Jets) and Bombardier products, and from 2004 for the fleet planning coordination between Air France and KLM. Since 2008, he was also in charge of Air France and KLM fleet Strategy, including Transavia France with the introduction of 737NG’s.
Since January 2010, he is the CEO of New & Next Consulting (Strategy and fleet solution). In 2010 and 2011, he was executive advisor Fleet strategy and technology for the CEO of Air France and the CEO of ILFC.
Since March 2012, he is member of the Senior Advisory Counsel of GE Aviation, and from March 2013 he is chairman of the Board of Famat, Safran-GE joint venture.
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