Adel Ali enters Aviation Business Hall of Fame
Adel Ali, the founding CEO of Air Arabia, was the first person to be inducted into the Aviation Business Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
At the Aviation Business Awards 2010, held in the prestigious Emirates Palace Hotel, Ali was recognised for his role in establishing the low cost aviation model in the Middle East
In the words of the judging panel, ‘It can rightly be argued that Air Arabia has changed the way people travel in the Middle East and inspired a string of competitors. None has so far been able to match its success.’
From two leased A320s in late 2003, Air Arabia has grown to serve 66 destinations from three operational hubs with a fleet of more than 20 planes. The airline makes money and is scheduled to take delivery of another 44 Airbus A320s between now and 2016.
In a keynote speech prior to receiving the award, Ali called for the further opening up of airport landing slots and relaxation of operational rules in order to stimulate air travel.
“As far as our region is concerned, we all agree there is massive potential to grow air travel,” he said.
“Just look at the rising numbers of passengers in 2010 alone and you notice the potential awaiting us.”