National Airlines announces the appointment of Nihal Wickrema as their vice president of Strategy & Revenue Optimisation.
An operational strategist by nature with over 30 years of experience across cargo charters & freighter operations, Wickrema has held various key positions in different capacities throughout his career.
Wickrema joined Emirates Sky Cargo in the early ’90s, where he grew to become one of their key architects who designed and implemented processes and controls for freighter operations.
His overall operational experience boasts of a wide range of aircraft types including the B777, B747, B707, B727, A380, A310, and A330. Besides these, Wickrema has an in-depth knowledge of capacity control and was instrumental in the establishment of Emirates Sky Cargo’s trucking network.
“Nihal’s multi-dimensional experience & leadership qualities will benefit National Airlines in the long run,” says National Air Cargo president & board member, Jacob Matthew. “Being a global carrier, we look to expand into various verticals and Nihal will be a key resource for both our short- & long-term goals.”
In the past, Wickrema also worked as a licensed aviation instructor at Air Lanka (now Sri Lankan Airlines), prior to joining Emirates. With a rapidly expanding fleet of B747s at National Airlines, Nihal will be stationed at the corporate headquarters in Orlando, US.