Elit'Avia Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

  • Elit'Avia
  • Puja Mahajan


Puja Mahajan a business aircraft flight operations and program management professional with 17 years of industry experience

Elit'Avia, a fully-integrated provider of business aircraft charter, management and operation services, today announced the appointment of Ms. Puja Mahajan as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Ms. Mahajan's mandate is to manage Elit'Avia's growth strategy, ensure safety across all operations and deliver an industry-leading caliber of client service. Until most recently, Puja was Director of Business Aircraft Flight Operations at Bombardier Aerospace, where, among other accomplishments, she ran the award-winning 'Safety Standdown Program' for five years.

"We are delighted to welcome Puja Mahajan to the Elit' Avia team," says Michel Coulomb, President, Elit'Avia. "She possesses an exceptional degree of expertise in operations, safety and workforce management. Since we operate a modern fleet of long range business aircraft in Europe, Russia and Africa, Puja's experience and technical expertise in successfully managing a sophisticated and geographically-dispersed flight department is ideally suited to our needs. Puja's wealth of experience will help us provide consistent top quality service and state-of-the-art operations to our charter and aircraft management clients worldwide," adds Mr. Coulomb.

"I am very pleased to be joining the Elit'Avia team," continues Puja Mahajan, COO, Elit' Avia. "Elit'Avia is a visionary company that operates the latest long range business aircraft and efficiently manages its team across multiple locations. We serve diverse emerging and regional markets and consistently deliver high quality service to aircraft owners and charter clients. The Elit'Avia team presents a compelling opportunity to make a significant contribution to a highly-professional and forward-thinking aviation company. I look forward to contributing to the company's growth and success," concludes Ms. Mahajan.

Born and raised in Canada, Ms. Puja Mahajan started her career in aviation in 1996 when she joined Pratt & Whitney Canada as an Aerodynamics Engineer. Subsequently, Puja was promoted to OEM Account Manager. Then in 2001, Puja Mahajan joined Bombardier Aerospace and held several progressively senior roles, including: Manager, Product Planning for Challenger and Learjet; Asset Manager, Flight Operations; Director, Sales Business Management and Director, Business Aircraft Flight Operations. Puja holds a BEng, Mechanical from McGill in Montreal, Canada. She is fluently bilingual (English and French) and speaks intermediate level Italian and Hindi.

About Elit'Avia:

Founded in 2006, Elit'Avia is a fully-integrated provider of business aircraft charter, management and operation services. Headquartered in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the company has a US sales office in Atlanta. Elit'Avia operates a large charter fleet of long range aircraft, including Bombardier Global 6000s, Bombardier Global XRS', Bombardier Challenger 605s, Bombardier Challenger 300s and Dassault Falcon 2000s. Elit'Avia is certified International Standard - Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).


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