Turkish Airlines: Temel Kotil resigns, Bilal Eksi new chief
In 1983, Mr. Kotil graduated from the Aeronautical Engineering Department at Istanbul Technical University (ITU).
In 1986, he received his first Master’s degree in the United States from the Aircraft Engineering Department of Michigan University in Ann Arbor, followed in 1987 by his second Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 at the same university.
From 1991-93 Mr. Kotil established and managed the Aviation and Advanced Composite Laboratories of ITU’s Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he also served as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor.
From 1993-94 he served as Department Faculty Vice President and as Faculty Assistant Dean. Mr. Kotil also served as Head of the Research, Planning and Coordination Department of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
Then he served as a guest professor at Illinois University, and then as Department Head at the Research and Engineering Department of AIT Inc. New York.
In 2003 he began his career with Turkish Airlines as Vice President of the Technical Department. In 2005 Mr. Kotil was appointed as General Manager.
And in 2006, he was elected as a member of the IATA Board of Directors. In 2010, he was appointed as a Board Member of the Association of European Airlines and as Vice President between 2012 and 2013 and as the Chairman in 2014.
The Group appointed Bilal Eksi as the General Manager of Turkish Airlines Inc.
Mr. Eksi, who has started to work as an Electronics and Communications Engineer at Turkish State Railways, was assigned to the position of Workshop Manager at Istanbul Ulasim A.S., and he played an active role in realization of significant transport projects such as the project of purchasing Metro and Streetcar vehicles and the project of Metro Workshop establishment.
Mr. Eksi was assigned as the Head of Overhaul Workshops at Turkish Airlines Inc. in 2003.
He has been assigned as the Chief Ground Operations Officer at Turkish Airlines Inc. after a period of two years.
He served as the Chief Production Officer at Turkish Airlines Inc. between 2008 - 2009, and as the General Manager of Cyprus Turkish Airlines as part of the reorganization of Cyprus Turkish Airlines between 2009 - 2010, and as the Assistant General Manager at "Turkish Engine Center (TEC)", established by the joint venture of Pratt Whitney, the American Engine manufacturer, and Turkish Technic Inc. between 2010 - 2011.
Mr. Eksi was maintaining the position of the Director General of Civil Aviation, to which he was assigned in April 2011. ■