Monday, February 12, 2018

Wolfgang Prock-Schauer's latest assignment: Taking IndiGo on a long haul

Mumbai: Wolfgang Prock-Schauer can't seem to be able to let go of India's airlines. After stints with Jet AirwaysBSE -5.89 % and Go Air, the Viennese sexagenarian recently joined as chief operating officer of IndiGo. That made him the only executive to have worked in CXO positions in three Indian carriers. Prock-Schauer said he couldn't comment for the story, except to say IndiGoBSE -0.82 % is the most promising airline company "not just in India, but also among several of its international peers".
Why Prock-Schauer has been brought in is fairly clear. He has monitored scale-ups, especially on overseas routes, including Jet's initial foreign expansion. That was also the brief given to him by previous employer Go Air. The carrier's plans were set back due to delays in its ordered Airbus A320neo planes as the result of glitches in their Pratt & Whitney engines.

Prock-Schauer joins IndiGo when the airline has made its plans of low-fare, long-haul operations - the latest buzzphrase in global aviation - clear to the world. The airline has sought permission to fly to destinations such as Frankfurt, Paris, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Brussels, Rome, Milan and Zurich.
In the new role, Prock-Schauer will be responsible for flight operations, maintenance and engineering and inflight services directly as well as airport operations and the operations control centre.

"His entry is crucial at a point when IndiGo is expanding... Also, he is the first COO the airline has appointed after more than a decade. An airline of this size and expansion plans needs a COO," said a person close to the development. The airline had, at the time of commercial launch, appointed former North American Airlines COO Steve Harfst in the position.
12/02/18 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times