Speakers Rui Vaz Fernandes
Rui Vaz Fernandes

Mr. Rui Vaz Fernandes is a Regional Marketing Director and Assistant Sales Director at Boeing, covering the southern Africa region. His passion for the aviation industry has led him to acquire a broad range of experiences in multiple sectors of the industry around the world.

After starting his career at debis AirFinance, which later became Aercap, he spent 10 years in the low cost airline business working at AirAsia in Malaysia and easyJet in the UK. He then moved to the OEM world, joining ATR in France before moving to Boeing in 2017. He has also had work experiences at Air Zimbabwe Tech Ops Division, in the long haul fleet at British Airways Engineering, working with flight data monitoring at Spirent Systems (later Teledyne Controls) and a brief stint at the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB).

Rui is passionate about aviation in Africa, having been born and bred in Zimbabwe, and is delighted to be able to work with airlines in the region as they grow their businesses.

He holds a BEng (Hons) in Aeromechanical Systems Engineering from Cranfield University and an MSc in Air Transport Management, also from Cranfield University.