Fiji Airways has appointed Stefan Pichler as managing director and chief executive officer, effective September 1, 2013. Pichler is currently chief executive officer of Jazeera Airways. Before Jazeera Airways, Pichler was responsible for Virgin Blue’s transformation from a low cost carrier to a network airline and served as its chief commercial officer. He also launched Virgin Blue’s long haul carrier V Australia in 2008 as its chairman. Pichler has also been chairman and CEO of Thomas Cook AG, and held senior and executive board roles with Lufthansa AG.