Naikuni feted for ‘contribution to air transport business’
NAIROBI JULY 16, 2013 – Kenya Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Titus Naikuni, has been recognized in the prestigious Airline Strategy Awards 2013.
Dr Naikuni received the ‘Airline Business Award’, which recognizes an individual who has made a lasting strategic contribution to the air transport business, during this year’s edition of the awards that were held in London at the weekend.
In the citation, the judging panel, which comprises highly-respected industry professionals including analysts and former chief executives, noted: “During his 10 years at the helm, Dr. Naikuni has steered Kenya Airways on to a profitable and stable growth path and established it as one of Africa’s leading airlines.”
“During the course of his tenure, revenue has more than trebled to $1.2 billion, passenger numbers have jumped to 3.6 million and the airline’s fleet has doubled to 42. Kenya Airways has totally revamped its fleet and become the first carrier in the region to join a global alliance, as well as a leading beacon of private enterprise in a region where state ownership remains the norm,” the judges added in part.
Speaking after receiving news of the recognition, Dr. Naikuni said that it was a great honour to be feted by colleagues in the aviation industry from across the world.
“I would like to acknowledge colleagues at Kenya Airways and our customers, whose support has contributed to this recognition,” the Kenya Airways CEO added.
Among past winners of the ‘Airline Business Award’ are: Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways (2012) and Tim Clark, the CEO of Emirates Airline (2011).
Other individuals recognized in this year’s Airline Strategy Awards included: James Hogan, the CEO of Etihad Airways in the Executive Leadership category; Carolyn McCall, the CEO of Easyjet in the Low Cost Leadership category and Tewolde Gebremariam, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines in the Regional Leadership Award category.
Ryanair, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and KLM were also awarded in the Finance, Marketing, Technology and Environment categories.
About Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to over 60 destinations worldwide, 40 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 42 aircraft fleet being one of the most modern in Africa. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. In 2010, it scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year in Africa. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the fore front of connecting Africa to the world and the World to Africa through its hub Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
For more information, please contact KephaBosire – Corporate Communications Manager at Kenya Airways on Tel: +254721850622; Email: email@example.com.
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