Richard Tams

British Airways announced the appointment of Richard Tams, currently head of UK&I sales and marketing, as executive vice president China and the Philippines for the airline.

His new role will include representing British Airways and parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), in China.

Drew Crawley, British Airways’ chief commercial officer said: “This appointment reflects the importance of this hugely strategic market for British Airways and marks the start of further investment in the region.

“Richard has done a fantastic job generating business and driving leisure sales with his team in the airline’s biggest market, here in the UK and Europe. I have every confidence he will bring that same energy and enthusiasm to develop our presence in China and the Philippines.”

Richard and his UK&I sales and marketing team are responsible for more than half of British Airways’ total business, as well as generating business within the financial sector, encouraging business with SMEs and growing the airline’s presence in the UK regions and Ireland.

The successful applicant for the role of head of UK&I sales and marketing at British Airways, which is being advertised internally and externally, will be announced in due course. Richard will be based in Beijing and will take up his new position when British Airways has appointed his successor.

British Airways will be increasing the number of flights to Newcastle from June 2, 2014.

British Airways has been operating flights between London and Newcastle for 55 years. Currently served by an Airbus A320, the extra return flight on a Monday and Wednesday will mean customers will have 41 flights each week to choose from. So, if the midlands are your thing you have plenty of options.

British Airbus A320 from below

An A320 off to somewhere, probably Newcastle.

Mr. Richard Tams, British Airways’ head of UK&I sales and marketing, said: “Our route between London and Newcastle is at the very heart of our domestic network. The number of flights on offer means customers can connect through London to our entire network of destinations, offering great opportunities for both leisure and business travellers.”

Tickets are already on sale for the new services. British Airways offers return flights between London and Newcastle from £102 including taxes and charges.

Mr. Tams is also in the news as is explained here.