By Staff writer
Airline boss says "humbled" by honour
Current CEO and president of Etihad Aviation Group James Hogan has been included on the Queen's Birthday honours list.
The annual list honours businesspeople who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing towards their community on a local or global level, through a philanthropic, industrial, educational or technology-related approach.
Hogan has been included on the Australian list announced today for his services to aviation.
"I am both proud and humbled to be recognised in this way," said Hogan. "I have worked for four airlines in three continents over the last 40 years and I have launched flights to more than 100 cities on six continents over that time.
"I am a proud Australian who has endeavoured to maintain the values of the Australian character into how I approach my business role.
"Most recently, I was given the mandate to build Etihad Airways into the world’s leading airline, and a wide ranging aviation group. I was pleased to be able to build bridges between the UAE and Australia.
"Those bridges included our investment in flight connections into key Australian cities, which helped build trade and tourism between the nations. They included our investment in Virgin Australia, which helped extend those connections to even more markets, while supporting a competitive marketplace in Australian aviation. They also included our investment in Australian sporting and cultural institutions, which reinforce the strong relationship that exit between the UAE and Australia today."
Hogan, who joined Etihad Airways as CEO in 2006, helped to grow the Abu Dhabi-based carrier from a $300 million a year airline into a diversified aviation and tourism group, which together with its airline equity partners, generates revenues of more than $26 billion.
Prior to joining the UAE's national carrier, Hogan was president and CEO of Gulf Air for four years.
In January, Etihad Aviation Group announced that Hogan would be stepping down as president and CEO, as part of a transition process.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.