Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone has announced he will be leaving the airline at the end of this year.
Mr Stone, who has been with Finnair for 6 ½ years based in Sydney, originally as Country Manager before being appointed General Manager in September 2016, said it was “with a heavy heart” he would be moving on after working with a “great team” at the award-winning carrier.
Mr Stone said he was proud to have worked with Finnair during a period which saw significant growth of the airline’s flight and destination offerings worldwide, including an increase in Asia connecting flights from Australia, Finnair’s commencement as the first European carrier to fly the Airbus A350 in 2015, hosting Finnair’s 90th birthday celebrations in Australia in 2013 and more recently representing Finnair at a special event hosted at the Finnish Embassy in Canberra to commemorate Finland’s 100 years of independence on 6 December.
“I would like to pay special tribute to a wonderful group of professionals and terrific people with whom I have been privileged to work with at Finnair in Australia over these last few years.” Mr Stone said.
“They are absolutely dedicated to delivering the best possible service and outcomes for our clients and industry partners and I want to congratulate them on being so integral to Finnair being named Best Offline Carrier for the last five years at the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards,” Mr Stone said.
“Thank you also to so many of you in the Australian travel industry who have supported me over the years and continue to help us in maintaining Finnair’s strong reputation and bookings in the Australian marketplace.”
Mr Stone confirmed he would be joining Australian Cruise Group as Chief Operating Officer based in Sydney in January 2018.