The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple plays host once again to the industry’s top event, the Airline Strategy Awards.

Recognising high-performing chief executives and airlines from across the world for their leadership and innovation, this year’s awards will take place on the eve of the Farnborough air show. The industry will gather in central London on Sunday 10 July to see who will be following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Willie Walsh, Temel Kotil and James Hogan.

Organised by Airline Business and executive search firm Spencer Stuart, this year marks the 15th instalment of this ­prestigious event. The Airline Strategy Awards website is now open for nominations, and the closing date for entries is Friday 15 April.


Last year's winners with Airline Business editor Max Kingsley-Jones (front left)

Winners from the leading nominations for each of the six categories will be chosen by an independent judging panel of highly respected industry professionals. Our judges include ­former airline chief executives Geoff Dixon, Montie Brewer, Rigas Doganis and Ray Webster, along with former ALTA chief Alex de Gunten and an Airline Business regular – industry ­analyst Chris Tarry.

So if your chief executive deserves recognition for their leadership, or you think a personality or carrier should be applauded for its innovative marketing, financial or network strategies, we want your nominations.

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The event takes place in the elegant surroundings of Middle Temple hall

Last year we recognised IAG chief Walsh, Christoph Muller for his leadership at Aer Lingus, IndiGo’s Aditya Ghosh and Vueling visionary Alex Cruz. ­Airlines in the spotlight included American Airlines, Virgin America and Gol.

This year, a new category has been introduced recognising the airlines showing innovative thinking in network strategy. We are looking to hear about airline management teams demonstrating leadership in the design, development, implementation, and refinement of leading-edge concepts, methodologies, or systems in the area of network planning and revenue management in an airline context.

The event, which is by invitation only, opens with a networking cocktail reception followed by a sit-down dinner which incorporates the awards ceremony.

To register your nomination, view the categories and examine the judging criteria, or find out more about the event on 10 July, visit:

Source: Airline Business