LONDON – Norwegian low cost carrier Flyr has been in deep water for a while, needing emergency support and financial help. The airline accepted an investment offer to remain afloat, and on November 25, Flyr’s CEO Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid resigned.
The resignation & Flyr statements
In a press release from Flyr issued November 25, the company announced the appointment of the new CEO, Brede Huser. Brede Huser has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company since the start, and has a deacdes worth of experience from Norwegian.
“It has been a privilege to accompany and build this fantastic airline together with the industry’s best people. Flyr now enters a new phase, and I have come to the hard decision that it is natural for me to pass the business on to someone else.”
“I am very proud of what we have created together, and I’m very sure Flyr will pass through these hard times, I am also convinced of the Norwegian people needing a company that cares about the customers and employees. Thank you to everyone who has cheered on us, and me.”
Flyr Chairman Erik G. Braathen thanked Tonje for her work, stating: “Tonje has done a formidable job in building a culture that takes care of the customers and employees, along with building a brand which has become well known and well liked.”
“I would like to thank Tonje for her solid job, and wish her the best of luck in the future.”
Chairman Erik G. Braathen also commented on the appointment of the new CEO, stating: “The company is now entering a new phase where it becomes crucial to strengthen the financial situation of the airline.”
“Brede Huser has a wide and integral insight in the company and has the required powers we need when the company enters the next phase.”
“He has shown great capability in collecting great teams who deliver greatly in both Flyr and other companies where he has had the leading responsibility.”
Brede Huser’s statement
The new Chief Executive Officer of Flyr, Brede Huser, also thanked Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid for her work, stating: “It has been both inspiring and educational working together with Tonje, and we will keep the great culture and friendly service we’re knwon for in the time forward.”
“I look forward to work together with the rest of the leadership and every other colleagues in Flyr to create the airline of the future.”
Despite only sitting for one-and-a-half-year, Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid together with the entire Flyr leadership has without a doubt created one of, if not the greatest airlines in Norway per today.
With the recent financial crisis of the airline, it is understandable that Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid resigns, as the company is now back on track.
With Brede Huser’s decades of experience in the aviation industry, along with his role as Chief Financial Officer in Flyr and with leading responsibilities in Norwegian, the choice of new CEO looks to be a good one, and hopefully the future of the airline will reflect the same.