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KQ boss awarded for contribution in African aviation

04 July 2014, 15:01 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - Kenya Airways (KQ) Group Managing Director, Titus Naikuni, has been recognised for his contribution to the aviation industry in Africa.

According to a press statement, Naikuni was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Services to African Aviation Development during the recently concluded African Aviation Summit 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The summit coincided with the 23rd annual Air Finance for Africa Conference and Exhibition.

The award was received on his behalf by the Kenya Airways Area Manager, Elizabeth Onunga.

Speaking after receiving news of his recognition, Naikuni said that the award was a great honour to him and the airline at large.

“I dedicate this award to colleagues at Kenya Airways and our valued customers, as well as our partners without whose contribution we would not be able to do all that we have over the years. We will continue to focus our efforts in consistently delivering world class service to our customers as we link Africa to the rest of the world," he added.

The award comes as the airline is in the process of expanding and modernising its fleet.

This year, it has received two Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft; the first was delivered on April 5, 2014 and the second one last Saturday.

The award also comes as Naikuni is set to retire in October 2014, having been at the helm of Kenya Airways since February 2003.

During his tenure, Kenya Airways has recorded tremendous growth in revenue and passenger numbers, as well as massive expansion fleet and network of destinations.

He has also been recognised in a number of prestigious industry awards. Last year, he received the 'Airline Business Award' during the Airline Strategy Awards 2013.

The award recognises an individual who has made a lasting strategic contribution to the air transport business.

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