Five lucky winners are now ready to take their place on one of the management training courses offered in the prize draw run jointly by Airline Business and IATA Aviation Training and Development Institute.

The draw, which was first announced in September, was finally made at the Airline Business offices on 15 December as the competition came to a close. With some $43,000 worth of training courses on offer the response was always likely to be high, but the final tally beat any expectations.

In the end, close to 1,040 individual entries came in via the Airline Business website from an astounding 113 different countries across the globe, ranging from Argentina and Australia to Zambia and Zimbabwe.

"Without a doubt, the interest that this prize draw generated is evidence to us of the high value that airline professionals place on training and on furthering their education," says Guy Brazeau director of the IATA training institute. "In an industry as complex and fast-changing as ours, enhancing and acquiring new skills and knowledge on a continual basis is essential for both professionals and organisations alike to remain at the forefront."

The first prize for a full Senior Diploma in Airline Management goes to Dalyl Abdelwahab, a pilot with Algeria's Khalifa Airways.

Four second prizes were also drawn for individual courses focusing on a choice of airline, airport, cargo or civil aviation security. Those prizes go to the following:

Lars Axelsson, training manager with British Midland Regional based in the UK; Sven Meyenburg, manager corporate strategy with Germany's Lufthansa Systems Group; KS Fiji, cargo agent at Sharjah Airport in the UAE; Cornelis Blokzijl, director commercial development, with Germany's Aero Lloyd.

IATA and Airline Business extend their congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all those who took part in the prize draw.

The first 100 entries registered will also receive an IATA sponsored copy of the Airline Industry Guide 2003/4 - the annual handbook which brings together all of the key rankings and surveys published by Airline Business over the past year.

IATA will contact the winners, whose names were drawn at random from a final list of unduplicated entries. A set of reserve names was also drawn in the event that any of those chosen cannot take up the course.

For further information on the education and training see the focus on page 54 of this issue and the Executive Forum pages that run each month in the magazine.

Source: Airline Business