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Introduction: Aviation Business Power List 2011

by Robeel Haq on Apr 17, 2011

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Welcome to the inaugural Aviation Business Power 25 list for 2011 – a detailed ranking of the leading airline CEOs in the Arab world.

After much research and analysis into the industry, we have produced a special 12-page report that profiles the most influential heads of airlines across the geographical spread of the Arab Air Carriers Association (AACO) – a region that includes countries in the Middle East, Levant and North Africa.

The power list contains a diverse combination of executives, from the well-established leaders that have pioneered industry growth to their lower-profile counterparts, who hold significant influence in the region but appear to shun the limelight. Of course, a number of lesser-known names have been included too – the executives that have proved their mettle in a short period of time and have the potential to climb higher in future rankings.

Congratulations to each of the airlines chiefs that were featured in this year’s Aviation Business Power 25 list. Unfortunately, with such a limited number to work with, you may notice a few surprising omissions. In fact, our editorial team had to make some truly difficult decisions and we look forward to re-evaluating the rankings in 2012, based on activities in 2011. We should stress that the list is subjective and the rankings have been based on events in the past year. We accept that readers will have their own views on almost every position, so our apologies in advance to anyone offended by their inclusion (or non-inclusion).

Each day this week, we will include five entries from the list, with the top positions being revealed on Thursday 14th April 2011. Positions 6-25 are included below, click on the names for more details.

1. HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chief executive, Emirates Airline
2. Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer, Qatar Airways
3. James Hogan, chief executive officer, Etihad Airways
4. Adel Ali, group chief executive officer, Air Arabia
5. Samer Majali, chief executive officer, Gulf Air
6. Engineer ‎Khaled Al-Molhem, director general, Saudi Arabian Airlines
7. Hussein Dabbas, chief executive officer and president, Royal Jordanian
8. Peter Hill, chief executive officer, Oman Air
9. Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer, FlyDubai
10. Hussein Massoud, chief executive officer, EgyptAir Holding Company
11. Stephan Pichler, chief executive officer, Jazeera Airways
12. Mohamad El-Hout, chairman and director general, Middle East Airlines
13. Simon Stewart, chief executive officer, Nasair
14. Driss Benhima, chief executive officer, Royal Air Maroc
15. Nabil Chettaoui, group chief executive officer, Tunisair
16. Hamad Abdullatif Al-Falah, chairman and managing director, Kuwait Airways
17. Abdelwahid Bouabdallah, chief executive officer, Air Algérie
18. Emhemed M. Abrebish, chief executive officer, Libyan Airlines
19. Adbulkhalek Al-Kadi, chief executive officer and chairman, Yemenia
20. Amar Abdullah Akari, chief executive officer, Afriqiyah Airways
21. Ghaida Abdullatif, chief executive officer, Syrian Arab Airlines
22. Mohammed Al-Arrasha, chief executive officer, Felix Airways
23. Omar Jahameh, chief executive officer, RAK Airways
24. Kifah H. Jabbar, director general, Iraqi Airways
25. Al Obaid Fadl Almoula, general manager, Sudan Airways

LAST MINUTE CHANGE. George Cooper, chief executive officer, Wataniya Airways


A great job in a difficult environment. Following the industry for a couple of years, my assumption was that Wataniya an


Readers' Comments

Matthew Rodin (Apr 25, 2011) United Arab Emirates

Jazeera - Mr.Pichler
A great job in a difficult environment. Following the industry for a couple of years, my assumption was that Wataniya and Jazeera would disappear.

Dina Hamet (Apr 19, 2011) United Arab Emirates

Congrats to Mr. Jahameh - CEO RAk Airways
Mabrook for Mr. Omar.. he launched this airline from scratch with minumum recources..

Samiulla Khan (Apr 17, 2011) United Arab Emirates

Congratulation to Mr. HH sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum
I congratulate Mr. HH sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum for his achievement being the top in the aviation business power 25. He is having marvelous vision for the growth of the Emirates airlines, Dubai Airports, DCAA and Dubai Duty free. I wish him all the success in future and I pray to Allah to give him the strength, good health and prosperity-Ameen.


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