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Qatar Airways and flydubai win big at aviation awards

Akbar Al Baker and Ghaith Al Ghaith attend Aviation Business Awards.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker at the Aviation Business Awards 2011
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker at the Aviation Business Awards 2011

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Qatar Airways, flydubai and Maximus Air were amongst the big winners at this year’s Aviation Business Awards, held last night at the Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai.

The prestigious ceremony, which attracted around 240 senior level officials from the aviation industry, was hosted by ITP Publishing Group, publisher of Dubai-based Aviation Business Magazine.

The keynote speech was provided by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who later received the coveted ‘Hall of Fame’ award for his contribution to the aviation industry, while Qatar Airways also collected the ‘Full Service Airline of the Year’ trophy, beating stiff competition from the likes of Emirates and Etihad Airways.

“This is a great achievement for Qatar Airways. The fact that we are continuously being voted the best airline at various awards in the Middle East and throughout the world is a matter of pride, not only for myself, but the thousands of staff that work for Qatar Airways,” commented Al Baker. “I am receiving this award on behalf of our country, Qatar.”

flydubai celebrated an impressive hat-trick at the Aviation Business Awards 2011, after being named ‘Low Cost Airline of the Year’ and collecting the ‘Technology Implementation of the Year’ award for its ground-breaking Lumexis in-flight entertainment system. Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai CEO, was also honoured with the ‘Personal Achievement of the Year’ award for spearheading the airline’s continued growth in route network, fleet and service innovations.

“To collect three awards at the Aviation Business Awards is a great feeling. All of these trophies are down to the hard work of flydubai’s employees and I am even referring to the ‘Personal Achievement of the Year’ award, because it’s a team effort,” stated Al Ghaith. “It’s also important to acknowledge the great work that has been done in the Middle East aviation industry, especially by great legends such as Emirates, dnata and Qatar Airways – without them, we at flydubai would not be here.”

Abu Dhabi-based Maximus Air reclaimed its title as ‘Cargo Operator of the Year – Cargo / Charter Airline’ and also picked-up the ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’ award for Dora Mayo, who was described as the “driving force behind the company’s administration, human resource and IT departments” by Maximus Air CEO Fathi Hilal Buhazza.

“Dora Mayo has been an invaluable member of Maximus Air Cargo since December 2005. Her direct contributions and efforts have been key to the successful development of the organisation and her role has been instrumental,” he added. “Maximus Air takes this opportunity to applaud and commend such a pivotal member of the management team. As the company continues to grow, it is imperative to acknowledge and give appreciation to those who are so valuable to this process.”

Other winners last night were Emirates SkyCargo (Cargo Operator of the Year – Commercial Airline), ExecuJet (Business Aviation Operator of the Year), Dubai International Airport (Airport of the Year), Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (MRO Service Provider of the Year), dnata (Ground Handling Provider of the Year), Gulf Aviation Academy (Training and Education Provider of the Year) and Gulf Air (Corporate Social Responsibility Award).

PHOTOS: Aviation Business Awards 2011 Winners

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