Sir Tim joined the Emirates founding team in 1985 as Head of Airline Planning, and became President in 2003. Prior to Emirates, Sir Tim built his reputation as a talented route planner at Gulf Air, which had recruited him from Caledonian Airways.
He had also held the position of Managing Director of Sri Lankan Airlines until 2008. Sir Tim holds a degree in Economics from London University, UK, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Middlesex and an honorary degree from the Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, both UK.
Emirates chairman Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said: “Through wars, economic recessions, disasters natural or man-made, and various industry upheavals, Tim has ably steered and grown Emirates to its standing today as the world’s largest international airline, and an eminent player in the global airline industry.” When the Gulf state carrier first started flying, it had only two wet-leased aircraft – a new Boeing B737-300 and a used Airbus A300 B4-200. Last year, it carried nearly 60m passengers and operates a fleet of 270 aircraft flying to 159 destinations.