The CEO of Kenya Airways Dr. Titus Naikuni, last weekend received the ‘Airline Business Award’ at a ceremony in London, where outstanding contributions to the aviation industry by individuals were recognized. At the helm of Kenya Airways for over 10 years now, Dr. Naikuni’s achievements in transforming Kenya Airways into one of the leading African airlines despite the challenges carriers on the continent faced over the last decade, were singled out as he followed in the footsteps of past winners like Akbar Al Baker of Qatar Airways last year and Tim Clark of Emirates in 2011. Singled out were Kenya Airways’ joining of Sky Team, the first airline in the Eastern African region to join a global alliance, and the fleet replacement and expansion programme, which is still ongoing as the number of passenger aircraft has increased to now 41.
Others in the spotlight over the weekend were James Hogan of Etihad in the Executive Leadership category, Carolyn McCall of EasyJet in the Low Cost Leadership category, Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines in the Regional Leadership category but also a number of airlines including Kenya Airways’ main partner KLM, Germany’s Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Ryanair.
Dr. Naikuni, while accepting the award, paid glowing tribute to his team at Kenya Airways as well as Kenya Airways’ customers. Well done to Titus and well done to The Pride of Africa.