Lagos, Nigeria – 14th March, 2011 – Chief Executive Officer of Dana Air, Jacky Hathiramani, has been named the ‘Airline CEO of the Year 2010’ at the most prestigious air transport award in Nigeria – the Nigeria Aviation (NIGAV) Awards. The ceremony was held on Saturday, 12th March, at the Ocean View Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to the NIGAV Awards Committee, Hathiramani clinched the award for his exemplary leadership and passion for excellence which has seen Dana Air grow to become one of Nigeria’s leading airlines in just over two years of its operations, and his outstanding contributions to the growth and development of the aviation industry.
In his response, Hathiramani expressed appreciation to the organizers of the award for the honour bestowed on him and re-iterated his commitment to steering Dana Air to enviable heights, not only within the local travel industry but on the regional and international front too. He also pledged to continue to work with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders on programmes that will better the lot of the industry and the traveling public.
Initiated in 2007, the NIGAV Awards is an annual event held to recognize those companies and individuals that have made outstanding contributions towards the development of the aviation industry and related activities in Nigeria. The award aims at promoting development and healthy competition among players in the industry. It encourages best practices, helps continuity in aviation programmes and enhances air transport trade.
This year’s award was themed ‘Expanding Air Transport Business Opportunities’ and had in attendance notable aviation personalities like the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, who gave the key note address on the essence of maintaining high level customer-centered air transport services.