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John Wensveen – President & CEO

John Wensveen, Ph.D.
President & CEO

Dr. John Wensveen is President & CEO of Airline Visions, LLC, a highly regarded “idea factory,” advisory, and futurist firm specialized in the development of business plans for air carrier start-ups and restructuring plans for existing air carriers. John specializes in air transportation management, operations, and entrepreneurship. In recent years, John added the cruise line industry to his areas of interest focusing on the associated trends, challenges, opportunities, and strategies that are often comparable to the airline industry.  In the training and education sector, he collaborates with industry to assist in solving the talent gap challenge impacting the global aviation industry through the creation of iPOP™ (Industry Partnership Opportunity Pipeline).

John is a certified external IATA instructor, author, professional key note speaker, regular contributor to the media, and provides expert witness testimony related to air carrier management and operations. He has published multiple editions of two leading books including a “best-seller” – Air Transportation: A Management Perspective (Routledge Publishing) and Wheels Up: Airline Business Plan Development (Krieger Publishing).

John has extensive higher education and industry experience having held various senior leadership positions including: Professor and Head of the School of Aviation & Transportation Technology, Purdue University (Indiana); Dean, School of Aviation, Dowling College (New York); Professor, College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida); Partner/EVP, Mango Aviation Partners (London, United Kingdom); Global Head, Airline Services, Radixx International (Florida); Founding member/EVP, MAXjet Airways (Washington, DC); Senior Director, New Business Planning, Marriott (Florida); and Manager, Pacific Rim, Canada 3000 Airlines (Canada).

John earned Ph.D. and M.Phil degrees in Air Transport Management / Business from Cardiff University (United Kingdom) and a B.A. in Geography / Transportation Land Use Planning from the University of Victoria (Canada). John also earned a Certificate in Airline Finance & Accounting Management from IATA and is currently working toward the U.S. Coast Guard, Masters Upgrade (100 Gross ton license) maritime certification.

From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Wensveen hosted a number of leading radio shows in the United Kingdom and was awarded ‘Best Male Presenter’ in 1997 at the BBC Radio One Awards.

Outside of aviation, John is an avid boater, scuba diving enthusiast, and enjoys hitting the open road in the RV. John and his wife reside in Miami, Florida and on a sunny little island near Key West, Florida.

Comprehensive Services

Airline Visions provides a comprehensive list of services ranging from “dream” stage to day one commercial operations and beyond. We manage the different phases of air carrier development including, but not limited to, the following:
  • • Development of the airline business plan
  • • Development of the implementation plan
  • • Recruitment of short and long-term management teams
  • • Recruitment of advisory board
  • • Raising of capital
  • • Aircraft fleet acquisition
  • • Certification