20. Amar Abdullah Akari, chief executive officer, Afriqiyah Airways
Afriqiyah Airways CEO Amar Abdullah Akari has been played the waiting game for the past couple of years. A proposed merger between the airline and Libya’s other state carrier, Libyan Airlines, has experienced a series of delays. Government approvals are still awaited and following the recent uprising in Libya, these are not expected until at least 2012. And then there’s the matter of limited capacity at Tripoli Airport, which has impacted Akari’s ability to launch routes. However, with a new terminal in construction, Afriqiyah Airways is looking to increase its frequencies to several destinations in Africa and Europe. Fleet modernisation is also on the horizon and an order has been placed for Airbus A320s and A330s, as well as six A350-800s, which are scheduled for delivery in 2017 onwards, allow the carrier to expand its long-haul operations.