AirAsia's Fernandes named airline industry leader of the year


Posted at Jan 23 2014 03:23 PM | Updated as of Jan 23 2014 11:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines - AirAsia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes was named "Airline Industry Leader of the Year" at the 4th annual Aviation 100 Awards.

"It is a great honor to be named ‘Airline Industry Leader of the Year’ and I am humbled by this prestigious recognition. It has been a great journey for us at AirAsia this past 12 years. We’ve grown from a debt-ridden airline when Kamarudin and I took over more than a decade ago, into a global brand with RM6 billion market cap value today," Fernandes said.

Fernandes, who is also known for appearing in "The Apprentice Asia", shared the award with the nearly 12,000 AirAsia employees in the region.

"I dedicate this recognition to each and every one of them," he said.

The Aviation 100 Awards is the result of a 4-month industry survey of aviation executives globally, including airlines, lessors, finance houses, law firms and manufacturers.

The ‘Airline Industry Leader of the Year’ award is decided by the replies and votes from only the most senior of executives globally at C-level, department head or Managing Director level. It is an award that taps the opinion of aviation thought leadership.

Previous awardees include Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways; Masaru Onishi, Chairman of Japan Airlines; and Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines.