Business Jet Travel - Meet The Team

Vas Nikolovski - Joint CEO

Vas Nikolovski has the corporate history, aviation background and vision to spearhead the development of Business Jet Travel. Vas’s business background began in the banking and finance industry in the late 1980s – with a focus on financial reconstruction and M&A activity. It wasn’t long, however, before Vas’s entrepreneurial skills emerged and in 1993 he helped establish Australian Mortgage Managers (AAM), a business which continues to grow today to have more than $500 million in loans under management. Vas remains the sole director of AMM. In 1995,Vas’s passion for flying and the aviation industry resulted in him founding National Aerospace Training and the Direct Air Charter company at Essendon Airport. For the next 15 years Vas and his team built that business across four states and 48 aircraft. At one point Vas Nikolovski was listed as the owner of the largest private fleet of aircraft in Australia. At the same time, Vas founded DASAR (Direct Air Search & Rescue) – a community based coastal aircraft surveillance program that continues to operate today run in partnership with Westpac Bank & Surf Life Saving Victoria.

Vas has stepped down from the CEO of the National Aerospace Training and Direct Air Charter business to pursue this project. Vas is also a CEO of Airstream Jets (Asia Pacific) Pty Ltd, a partner in the successful and well-established Airstream Jets Inc. business based in Florida, USA and Toronto Canada and is also set to expand across Asia and Europe.

Sam Iliades - Joint CEO

Sam Iliades has significant experience as an international pilot and technical adviser to the corporate jet market in Australia and would operate as operational director of Business Jet Travel as well as joint CEO. Sam has worked as chief pilot in a number of Australian based corporate flight departments engaged in both domestic and international charter operations. He currently holds both Australian and United States airline pilot licenses. His experience has subsequently been extended to becoming a commercial airline pilot as well as a multitude of positions in general aviation which has provided him with a broad overview in all facets of aviation.

Sam has also worked in previous management positions in FBO facilities in Australia, co-ordinating corporate aircraft daily running schedules for some of Australia’s most prominent Corporate Flight Departments & Families. Sam brings 15 years of aviation experience to this team and will provide all the required technical and operational input to ensure its success. Today Sam is an airline pilot holding many aircraft endorsements including and up to the Boeing 747.

Stephen Dabkowski - Head of Communications and Strategy

Stephen Dabkowski is a former Business Editor of The Age newspaper, and brings to this role the ability to promote, network and facilitate the development of Business Jet Travel to the broader business community in Australia. Stephen’s media background extended to almost 15 years, working with both News Limited and Fairfax in various senior positions both in Australia and overseas. Stephen has developed a co- ordinated and comprehensive media and communications strategy to help promote and highlight the benefits of Business Jet Travel.

Kate Gaulway - Leisure Agency Manager

Kate Gaulway has a firm understanding of the travel industry having held several management positions with travel agencies in Victoria. Duly qualified Kate progressed her passion for travel and began with Jet Star as a flight attendant during Jet Star’s inception and now has spent 10 years with the airline. Currently Kate is a qualified Cabin Manager and enjoys the benefit of understanding both corporate and airline cabin management having spent a great deal of time in both sectors of the aviation industry.

Kate will oversee the implementation of all policy and practices associated with cabin management of all clients of Business jet Travel.

Sahil Nijhawan - General Manager

With over 9 years of experience in travel transition, customer service, sales and operation management, Sahil comes from a strong background of travel and tourism. He has been involved in major setup of companies like Expedia, Holidaymood UK and Ebookers UK. He is a motivational and inspirational leader capable of coaching and empowering individuals to enable them to fulfill their potential whilst ensuring clients are serviced within our ISO 9000 quality standard.

Sahil has been an integral part of the team and was involved in all transitions and the initial setup for the organisation. He is a very self-motivated individual who believes in optimum productivity and managing time to get the best possible results for his clients. During his tenure Sahil has also been trained on business aviation and the ability to merge his travel and aviation skill sets to produce exceptional productivity and financial results for all clients. He has successfully run some major aviation projects for Google, ANZ and DHS delivering efficiency and handled complex itineraries not only in Australia but international as well.