Darby is the CEO of Aurigny, the regional airline based in Guernsey. Since joining Aurigny 6 years ago, he has led a number of transformational changes in the airline including the introduction of the company’s first jet, the Embraer E195 and replacement of the ageing Trislander fleet with new generation Dornier 228 NGs and commencing self-handling at London Gatwick. He is currently leading the project to replace the airline’s ATR 72-500s with ATR 72-600s by the end of 2019 that will feature ‘Clearvision’ – which he believes will be a game-changer for the airline given the poor weather (fog) record of Guernsey Airport – and help the airline manage its EU261 liabilities.
Darby commenced his aviation career 40 years ago as a maintenance planning engineer with Laker Airways – the pioneering low-cost airline. He later worked for Air Europe, British Caledonian and British Airways. He then spent 16 years as specialist airline management consultant with firms such as Deloitte and SH&E, after which he went back into airline management as CEO of LIAT, the regional airline based in Antigua in the Caribbean and later FlyBaboo in Switzerland. Darby has an MBA.