Aviation Week’s Laureate awards nominees for 2011 have been announced in this week’s Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The Laureates are a decade-old tradition, awarding individuals and teams for their extraordinary achievements.
Nominations for the awards were open to industry and government, but the finalists were selected by Aviation Week’s editors. Here are the nominees in the commercial air transport category:
Tim Clark, president of Emirates, for masterminding the airline’s growth strategy. In 2010, Emirates ordered 32 additional Airbus A380s as part of an ongoing effort to create a huge global hub in Dubai. The airline remained highly profitable during the global economic downturn, even as other carriers posted deep losses.
Jim French, chairman and CEO of Flybe, for his efforts at steering the independent airline to a position as one of Europe’s largest and most profitable carriers. Flybe’s takeover of BA Connect has made it Europe’s largest regional airline, and the carrier recently underscored its growth ambitions with orders for up to 140 Embraer E-Jets.
Klaus Heinemann, CEO of AeroCap Holdings NV, for his success at steering the Netherlands-based aircraft lessor through the global economic downturn. Under Heinemann’s leadership, AeroCap has more than doubled its asset base and became the world’s largest independent aircraft leasing company, after the May 2010 merger with Genesis.
Robert A. Morin, a vice president at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and leader of its transportation division. When credit markets collapsed, Morin’s team stepped in to guarantee financing for overseas customers taking delivery of Boeing aircraft, enabling the airframer to maintain production rates through the worst of the global economic downturn. The winner will be announced at a black-tie ceremony on 8 March in Washington DC.