Airline executives from as far afield as Kazakhstan, Memphis and Tokyo gathered on Sunday night at London's spectacular Middle Temple to see their peers, led by Aer Lingus boss Willie Walsh and Emirates group president Maurice Flanagan, honoured by Airline Business at its annual Strategy Awards.

The magazine's awards recognise boardroom leadership over the past year. Airline Business editor Kevin O'Toole hosted the event, which started with a champagne reception in the garden at Middle Temple.

Receiving the Airline Business award, 75-year-old Flanagan, signing orders for new aircraft here at the show, joked: "I must be the oldest and deafest airline chief executive in the industry." Other winners at the ceremony were America West, American Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines, British Airways and Chile's LAN.

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Source: Flight Daily News