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Sir Maurice Flanagan retires from Emirates

Dubai legendary airline's vice chairman has been with company for 28 years

Sir Maurice Flanagan retires from Emirates

Legendary Emirates vice chairman Sir Maurice Flanagan has retired from the company he helped found 28 years ago.

He was a key architect in the phenomenal growth of Emirates airline and Group, having overseen dnata's operations and subsequently every stage in Emirates' remarkable rise from regional carrier with two aircraft to global giant with a fleet of more than 170 aircraft.

Sir Maurice first arrived in Dubai in 1978 when he was appointed Director and General Manager of dnata. Six years later he led the 10-man team which hatched the  plan to launch an airline in five months on a budget of just $10m, with no protection against competition in Emirates' home market, and no subsidy of any kind.

He was the managing director for the inaugural Emirates flight in 1985 and his pivotal role in the company’s development was recognised in 1990 when he was appointed Group Managing Director of Emirates Group. He  became Vice Chairman and Group President in July 2003 and was promoted to his current role in 2006.

He started his career in 1953 with BOAC, the forerunner of British Airways, as a graduate trainee after serving in the Royal Air Force as a navigation officer. He ascended through a variety of overseas posts and returned to the UK in 1965 as a route planning manager.

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Jonnie Millar 7 years ago

Enjoy your retirement Sir Maurice...you've earned it!!!

Sam from Canada 7 years ago

Funny how Emirates - and AB - is loathe to mention that the inaugural flight was to Karachi, Pakistan. Not the first time I have read an article mysteriously mentioning "the inaugural Emirates flight in 1985"... but not saying where to???


Very nice to know the Progress Sir Maurice Flanagan has made to Dnata and Emirates Airlines in U.A.E. Our good wishes to Sir Maurice Flanagan. Sir Maurice, You have contributed your great efforts in the growth of Emirates Airlines from Dnata.

On this occasion we send our good wishes to you, family and friends.

Regards and God Bless Sir Maurice Flanagan and God Bless Emirates Airlines and God Bless U.A.E.


Wildwine 7 years ago

@ Sam, with all due respect, what is the significance of the destination of inaugural flight to the retirement of Sir Maurice??
The article already mentions something about PIA.

Nezaud 7 years ago

True , it was to Karachi, and I believe on leased B727.

Jono 7 years ago

What has the destination of the inaugural flight have to do with Sir Maurice' retirement? AB mentioned the two planes were leased from PIA does that appease you Sam?
A fantastic achievement by Sir Maurice and a tough act to follow. Enjoy your retirement!!

skyobserver 7 years ago

Happy Retirement Sir Maurice! As a guiding light of aviation in the Gulf since the early '60s (as a director of BOAC Associated Companies) he used to coordinate with Alan Bodger (Chairman of Gulf Aviation), before moving to DNATA in Dubai in 1978. The rest is history ... ! A remarkable career!
This article reflects his longevity in the aviation industry .....http://betteronacamel.com/Kenya-Nairobi-1956-etc-By-Maurice-Flanagan

Richard Prince 7 years ago

Massive congratulations to Sir Maurice on his retirement. What a contribution he has made to the success of Dubai and to Emirates.

I hope that he has a long and equally successful retirement as he deserves it.

Don 7 years ago

What a stupid mindset.. whats funny about it!!! .. so what if Karatchi was the first destination. Pakistan had one of the best airlines regionaly at that point of time. 2 flight were leased from PIA, until Emirates bought one of its own after 3 years. and now it has 170 airlines and the second largest airline by seat factor. educate yourself dude.

Anonymous 7 years ago

To Sam from Canadia....stay there dude.