James Hogan named aviation industry’s executive leader of the year

Aviation — By on July 27, 2013 at 4:11 am

july5James Hogan, President  and CEO  of Etihad Airways,  has  been  recognised for his “outstanding strategic thinking and  leadership”  in  winning  the Executive Leadership  category  at  the prestigious  annual  Airline  Strategy Awards, held  in London. The  award was  announced  at  a  gala ceremonyheld  at  the  Honourable Society  of  Lincoln’s  Innand  attended by  hundreds  of  senior  airline  execu- tives  from around  the world. The Executive Leadership Award was chosenby a panel of expert  judges from the aviation  industry after a  thorough examination  of  Etihad  Airways’ performance  in  the  last 12 months.  In-depth analysis was conducted on  the airline’s  increased  profitability, industry  leading  growth  and  unique new partnership strategy with other air carriers. The Airline Strategy Award  follows Mr  Hogan  being  named  CAPA Aviation  Executive of the Year 2012in which he  was  recognised  for  his  “influence  on  the  aviation  industry,  outstanding  strategic  thinking,  and  innovative  direction  for growth”.

Max Kingsley-Jones, who  chairs  the  judging  and  is  editor  of  the  Airline  Business  magazine,   said:   “I’m  delighted  that  we  have  recognised  James  Hogan  with  the  Executive  Leadership award  this year. The  judges  were  hugely  impressed  with  every  aspect  of  his  leadership  of  Etihad  Airways  and  the  innovative  ways  in  which  the  air  carrier  has  grown  in  stature and  success.   “In  the past 12 months many airlines  around the world have struggled with their  business  during  challenging economic  times  but  James  has spearheaded  a  remarkable  growth story  and  the  panel was  delighted  to make  him  the  aviation  industry’s executive  leader of  the year.” The  judging  panel  included  Geoff Dixon, former Managing Director and CEO of Australian airline Qantas, Ray Webster,  former  CEO  of  low  cost carrier  easyJet,  Doug  Steeland,  the former  President  and  CEO  of  US carrier  Northwest Airlines,  Professor Rigas  Doganis,  former  head  of  air transport  at Cranfield University  and Chris  Tarry,  one  of  the  most  highly rated  aviation  analysts  in  London’s financial market.

Mr Hogan said, “I am very honoured  to have been  recognised by  fellow  leaders within the global aviation industry and this is a great accolade for all of us at Etihad Airways  and  our  shareholders in Abu Dhabi. “Five years ago I signed on behalf of Etihad  Airways  the  world’s  biggest order  for  commercial  aircraft  – 205narrow and wide body planes– at the Farnborough Air Show. Since then we’ve  made  great  strides  and  none more  so  than  in  the past year. “This recognition is the culmination of an  incredible  12  months  in  which we’ve  increased  our  profitability,focused  a  great  deal  of  energy  on customer  service  while,  of  course never  taking  our  eye  off  safety,  and powered forward with our strategy of developing  the  world’s  first  equity airline alliance.” Etihad Airways in 2012 reported a 200 per cent increase in net profits to $42 million on revenues of $4.8 billion, a rise of 17 per cent on the previous year Passenger numbers rose by 23 per cent to  more  than  10  million  and  the  air carrier  contributed  $2.3  billion  of direct  investment  to  the Emirate of Abu Dhabi  and  $8.4  billion  of  indirect spend.

The  airline  signed  a  number  of  new codeshare partnership agreements with other  airlines  around  the world  in  its drive  to establish a new business model for  air  travel.    In  2012  the  strategy boosted Etihad Airways’  revenues  by $600 million. The  collaboration  deals  with  other airlines are designed to find innovative ways  to  address  costs  and  work  on synergies  such  as  aircraft  and  engine sourcing and maintenance.        The  airline  also  holds  equity  invest- ments  in  airberlin,  Air  Seychelles Virgin  Australia,  Aer  Lingus  and subject  to  regulatory  approval,  will acquire  24  per  cent  of  India’s  Jet Airways.

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