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Ocean Flyer Welcomes Colin Keel, Transport and Infrastructure Specialist and Former Queenstown Airport CEO, to Governance Board

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Ocean Flyer CEO Shah Aslam (left) with newly appointed member of the Ocean Flyer Governance Board, Colin Keel (right).

Ocean Flyer's CEO, Shah Aslam, proudly announces the appointment of Colin Keel, an international transport and infrastructure specialist, to the governance board of SO Capital and Ocean Flyer. Aslam expressed enthusiasm about Colin's addition, citing his extensive experience and global network as valuable assets to the team.


"Colin's background and profound knowledge across various transport modes, from aviation to rail, will significantly enrich Ocean Flyer," said Aslam.

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Ocean Flyer CEO, Shah Aslam (left), and Ocean Flyer Governance Board Member, Colin Keel (right), looking over plans.

Given the importance of regional connectivity for communities in New Zealand, Aslam remarked, "Colin understands the inherent value of regional connectivity, which drives productivity and ultimately leads to a broad range of national and local benefits."


In reference to the future of sustainable transport in New Zealand, Aslam expressed confidence, stating, "We are embarking on a transformative journey, and individuals like Colin will play a pivotal role in facilitating this transition."


“Ocean Flyer represents an incredible opportunity to rethink regional connectivity and sustainable transport for Aotearoa New Zealand,” said Colin.  Further commenting, “This innovative approach brings together leading-edge technology with proven maritime and aviation concepts.  I am excited to be joining the team and working with them to make Ocean Flyer a reality.”

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Colin Keel, newly appointed member of the Ocean Flyer Governance Board.

Over a long career, Colin has served as an executive, corporate lawyer, business advisor and company director across New Zealand, Australia, the US, and the UK. His expertise encompasses aviation, rail, infrastructure, energy, and tourism.


Most recently Colin was CEO of Queenstown Airport Corporation and has held senior executive positions at Aurizon, Qantas Airways and American Airlines.  He is currently engaged in various governance and advisory roles in New Zealand and Australia.


A Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, Colin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Harvard Leadership Programme.



Ocean Flyer signed a historic $700m agreement in April 2022 with REGENT to bring 25 seagliders to New Zealand. Ocean Flyer is the first seaglider-only company setup in the world to bring sustainable, fully electric, fast, affordable and comfortable new mode for mass public transport.


Ocean Flyer is committed to connecting communities across the motu, tackling climate change, and building a more resilient and affordable transport network for everyone.


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