Emirates’ British founder passes away

Guest Contributor

Contributors are not employed, compensated or governed by TD, opinions and statements are from the contributor directly

Maurice Flanagan, the British aviation exec who is credited with building Emirates into one of the world’s most powerful airlines, has died aged 86. 

Maurice Flanagan, pictured with fellow Brit, Emirates president and CEO, Tim Clark.
Maurice Flanagan, pictured with fellow Brit, Emirates president and CEO, Tim Clark.

Flanagan, who had held the position of executive vice-chairman with the airline prior to his retirement in 2013, led a 10-man team to launch Emirates with a budget of $10 million in 1985.

He had previously been employed as director and general manager of dnata, a position he had held since 1978, following his decision to leave British Airways.

Commenting on his passing, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group said: “The Emirates Group, and Dubai, has lost a great friend today. Maurice was a man of great character, and a legend in the aviation industry. He was generous with his time, forthright in his views, and a person who gave 110% to everything he did. It was a great personal pleasure and privilege to have worked with him. On behalf of all Emirates Group staff, I express our condolences to his wife Audrey, his son Julian, and his daughters Siobhan and Claire. His contributions to dnata, Emirates, and Dubai, will always be remembered.”

You might also like

Comments are closed.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Sign up here to get the latest news, updates and special offers delivered directly to your inbox.
You can unsubscribe at any time
Close