Garuda CEO Emirsyah Satar Named Asia-Pacific Airline executive of the Year
As the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Star approaches the end of his ten-year term at the helm of the national flag carrier, he has been named “APAC Airline Executive of the Year” the CAPA Center for Aviation. CAPA Center for Aviation is an independent organization for the analysis of the airline industry based in Sydney, Australia.
The award to Satar was made at the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence Ceremony held in Singapore on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. The “APAC Airline Executive of the Year” Award is the highest honor bestowed each year by CAPA to the CEO of an Asia-Pacific air carrier in recognition of dedication and contributions made in the face of intense competition.
In presenting the award to Satar, CAPA praised Garuda’s CEO for his influence on the development of the regional airline industry. Under Satar’s leadership at Garuda starting in 2005, the Indonesian national airline introduced the “Quantum Leap Program” that has successfully repositioned the Airline as a leading air carrier of the Asia Pacific region.
When Emirsyah Satar took control of Garuda the airline had only 48 aircraft and operated 150 flights. Over his decade of leadership, those numbers have increased fivefold with the Airline now operating 600 flights each day and its subsidiary Citilink 140 daily flights. During the same period, Garuda has joined the Skyteam Alliance making it a global player in the international aviation industry.
From 2007 until 2013 Garuda booked an operating profit and launched an IPO in 2011, laying a strong groundwork for the future viability of the National Airline. In receiving the award, Satar gave credit to the entire team at Garuda who have embraced the “One Team, One Spirit, One Goal” mantra.
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