By Emmie V. Abadilla
The PhilJets Group appointed Robert Reguero as new Chief Executive Officer of both PhilJets Aero Charter and PhilJets Aero Services to oversee their expansion this year.
An aeronautical engineer of European descent, Reguero has over 20 years experience in the aviation industry and aims to transform the Asian startup into an international company.
He began his commercial career with ATR and Safran in France before joining Airbus Helicopters in the USA and in France, followed with aircraft trading at Blueberry Aviation (formerly Avinco SAM) in Monaco.
He joined the senior management of Era Helicopter under the Seacor Group Aviation division, overseeing performances of portfolio investments of company and its Joint Venture Internationally.
Prior to joining PhilJets, Reguero has also been involved with Miami Jets in the Caribbean.
From aircraft or engine manufacturers to large Oil & Gas operators, from fixed wings to rotary wings and a solid network worldwide, Regueros expertise will be beneficial to PhilJets for rolling out its expansion plans in the Philippines and the ASEAN region.
Former CEO Willyn Villarica, who has led the first transformation phase of PhilJets, expressed support for her successor.
“His in-depth industry knowledge as well as his exposure to various management roles will bring our company to greater heights,” she remarked.
Thierry Tea, PhilJets Chairman of the Board, also extended his regards to Reguero.
“The company is now ready to enter into a new era with tremendous opportunities ahead of us. We are building a stronger MRO and distribution business unit with additional capabilities as well as a stronger Air Transport and Air Asset Management business lines.”
PhilJets plans to increase its portfolio to 10 jets and 20 helicopters in its fleet by 2022 in the Philippines.
Furthermore, the company is structuring the expansion of its MRO business units capabilities to meet the growing requirements in the ASEAN region.
“I look forward to serve PhilJets clients across our key activities, developing new ventures with our business partners and working with our suppliers in improving aviation services and standards in the Asia,” stated the new CEO.
Established in 2013, PhilJets has grown its portfolio to 15 aircraft currently under management including newly added Gulfstream G200, Citation Latitude, Citation CJ4 and with additional upcoming R44, Bell 505 and Bell 429.
It has also recently opened an MRO facility as authorized service center for Textron Aviation.
The PhilJets Group, which counts Singapore based Venture Capital Negocia Group as well as Singapore based aircraft trading company Starline Global Industries among its shareholders, aims to consolidate, structure and prepare for the next phase of its growth cycle.