About PlaneConsult

PlaneConsult is an aviation consultancy led by Conor McCarthy who has 39 years experience in the airline industry. Conor brings a unique combination of skills, experience and airline knowledge combined with an intimate understanding of both the full service and low fares airline business models.

Conor is a co-founder of AirAsia which was established in
 2001 with two old 737s and is now Asia’s largest and most successful low-fares airline, with 170 aircraft and 50 million passengers a year.

Conor has been leading a dedicated team of aviation professionals to provide airlines with business model reviews of all functions, enhancing profitability by increasing efficiencies and helping to implement recommended goals and develop long term strategy.

Our Core Competencies

Pool of Subject Matter Experts

All our specialists are leading experts in their field and we cover all the key airline functions.
Together we have hundreds of years experience!

Executive Management Experience

PlaneConsult specialists have extensive airline senior management expertise and experience both within Europe and other continents, covering multiple airline business models.

Multiple Airline Business Models

Full service airline?  Low cost carrier? No two airlines are completely alike and we have the expertise to assess the strengths and opportunities for every airline in any market.

Restructuring & Transformation Challenges

From full audit of the entire business structure to improved efficiencies in the turnaround process.  From expert advice on maintenance contracts to planning and set up of a Low Cost Carrier.  We have the expertise to ensure deliverables are achieved on large, small and ad-hoc projects.

Effective Implementation

We provide knowledge transfer to client’s personnel to ensure they are given practical support and guidance in preference to an “academic study” approach.  PlaneConsult has gained a unique reputation of delivery and successfully implementing their business plans.  Our specialists create relationships with key personnel to ensure mentoring and knowledge transfer takes place.

Mentoring & Knowledge Transfer

Our specialists are all capable of imparting their skills, knowledge and experience in developing the talents of local nationals to enable them to take on a greater responsibility for the management and strategic development of the company in the future.  We ensure that the accumulated years of knowledge from the subject matter experts becomes embedded in the day to day operations and ethos of the airline.

Our Managing Director

Conor McCarthy

Managing Director & Project Oversight

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  • 39 years in Aviation
  • Aer Lingus Avionics Apprentice (1978-1982)
  • Aer Lingus Commuter – Chief Executive (1991-1996)
  • Ryanair – Director of Group Operations (1996-2000)
  • AirAsia – Co-Founder & Advisor (2001-date)
  • AirAsia – Director (2001-2013)
  • Irish Entrepreneur of the Year (2011)
  • Pegasus Airlines – Non Executive Director (2012-2016)
  • Dublin Aerospace – Founder & Chairman (2009-date)
  • PlaneConsult – Managing Director (2000-date)
  • PlaneConsult Clients include AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, AirAsiaX, Aer Lingus, AirOne, Air Deccan, Alitalia, Copa, easyJet, flyNas, Jetstar, MAS, Pegasus, Saudia, Safair, Spanair, Qantas, vivaAerobus, vivaColombia.

Our Subject Matter Experts

Andy Holmes

Program Lead, Flight & Ground Operations Specialist

Larry Moran

Maintenance & Engineering Specialist

Fernando Andreu Hernández

Engineering, Leasing & Maintenance Specialist

Shane Nolan

Commercial Lead & Business Analysis Specialist

Steve Tarbuck

Ground Operations Specialist

Ricardo Bastón

Fleet Planning & Network Scheduling Specialist

Our Areas of Expertise


  • Fleet Planning
  • Network Management
  • Flight Crew Management
  • Operational Control Systems
  • Schedule Planning Optimisation

Airport, Ground Operations & Cargo

  • Contract management
  • Resource efficiency
  • Turnaround processes
  • Cost and operational delivery standards  


  • Airline Business Analysis
  • Budget & Cost Management
  • Revenue Management & Pricing
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Distribution & Schedule Development

Maintenance & Engineering

  • Contract management and process review

Fleet & Finance

  • Fleet evaluation
  • Cost analysis
  • RFP and Negotiation
  • Benchmarking

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