Samer Majali, President and CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ) recently received the 2022 Distinguished Aviation Alumni Award from Cranfield University. Its airline has a fleet of over 20 modern aircraft and a diverse network of over 40 destinations across four continents.
The honor was bestowed by Professor Dame Helen Atkinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, UK.
Samer had obtained his BS in Aeronautical Engineering and Design Diploma in Industrial Studies in 1979 from Loughborough University, UK, followed by a Masters in Air Transport Management in 1983 from Cranfield University.
The Distinguished Aviation Alumni Award is one of Cranfield University’s highest honors. It recognizes individuals who have achieved significant success within the aviation industry, while maintaining the highest standards in industry practice.
He is an influential leader in the aviation industry and is a member of several associations, including the Association of Engineers of Jordan, the board of directors of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and a member of the executive committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organization AACO .
The award was given to Majali in recognition of her sustained professional achievements at the highest level; he is considered a model of leadership, having international visibility, influence and extensive work experience in different countries.
Majali has also shown a significant impact on the airline industry, beyond his own role and organization wherever he worked, being highly regarded as one of the most powerful and influential airline CEOs. most influential in the Middle East.
Samer is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Engineer, awarded by the Engineering Council UK.
Samer began his career with Royal Jordanian in 2001, working with the board to restructure the airline (post 9/11) to improve its competitiveness, reliance on government support and focused on quality of customer service.
This returned the airline to profitability from 2004. Samer subsequently achieved status as the first Arab and Middle Eastern carrier to join the major global alliance; OneWorld in March 2007, and led the IPO roadshow with CitiGroup, pitching to over fifty potential investors, resulting in the first true and successful IPO of a flag carrier in the Middle East in December 2007.
Samer has held CEO positions in other airlines such as Gulf Air, Oman Air and SaudiGulf Airlines. His impact in these positions involved rebuilding Gulf Air and Oman Air by devising a new vision and strategy for the airlines to improve their financial performance.
At SaudiGulf, he successfully led the project to establish a new airline in Saudi Arabia in 2013, until it began domestic operations in 2016 with four new A320s based in Dammam. Samer thus obtained IOSA certification and IATA membership in record time for a start-up.
“I am both humbled and honored to receive theviation alumni award for 2022. This is special as it is recognition of a globally recognized institution of learning and innovation and one with which I have had the privilege of being associated for many years “.
In another development, Scott McLarty – the Senior Vice President of Airbus and Business Jet Programs at Spirit AeroSystems, received the 2022 Distinguished Aerospace Alumni Award from Cranfield University.
Over his 30 year career in aerospace, Scott has held a variety of leadership positions in operations, project management, supply chain, quality, business improvement, strategy and human resources. He has worked with numerous customers on development and recurring programs including Boeing, Airbus, Hawker, BAE Regional Aircraft and military programs such as the Harrier and Hawk at BAE military sites.
Commenting on the award, Scott said:
“I am thrilled to have received this honor, especially given the accomplishments of my fellow graduates who have been honored over the years. I have been blessed and honored to be able to contribute and help shape an industry as exciting. , especially as we move into a new era of flight and a net zero future.
Source : Cranfield University