Emirates appoints new managers across Africa

Dubai-based airline changes senior management team in five African nations
Emirates appoints new managers across Africa
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 22 Oct 2011 11:13 AM

Emirates Airline has continued to shake up its senior management team in the Middle East and Africa region with a number of new appointments.

The airline said it has moved to strengthen its market position in Africa with several appointments in its commercial operations team.

New country managers have been installed for Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda, Emirates said in a statement.

The move comes as the Dubai-based carrier prepares to launch two new routes to Africa.

The new destinations – Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, and Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe - will begin services in the first quarter of 2012.

Zambia and Zimbabwe, which share a border with the Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, will be linked with a five times weekly flight from Dubai, starting from February 1 2012.

“This move comes as part of the airline’s strategy to continuously develop and enhance our employees’ capabilities through providing them with new and challenging markets to lead,” said Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates’ senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Africa.

“Africa is a market that is constantly evolving and we remain committed to looking at new ways of developing our services and expanding our commercial footprint across the continent,” added Grillet.

Earlier this month, Emirates announced several new senior appointments across the Middle East.

New country managers were appointed for operations in Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Sharjah and the Northern Emirates.

Emirates’ operations in the Middle East market continued to grow in the 2010-11 financial year with the region witnessing a 14.2 percent increase in revenue.

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