Former SAS UK key account manager Victor Acharya has joined Emirates as district sales manager for southern England.

He will lead a regional sales team to boost sales of flights from Gatwick and Heathrow.

Starting on Monday (February 4), Acharya will report to UK vice president Laurie Berryman.

Berryman said: “His vast industry experience will serve him well in this challenging role and we look forward to the energy he will bring to our sales operation, as we continue to make Emirates one of the world’s fastest growing airlines.”