Sir Timothy (Tim) Clark

President, Emirates Airline


 Mr. Tim Clark has been in the civil aviation business for his whole professional career, having joined British Caledonian in 1972. In 1975, he moved to Gulf Air in Bahrain and subsequently in 1985 to Dubai where he became a member of the founding team of Emirates as Head of Airline Planning.

In 2003, he became President of Emirates Airline, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, which currently serves more than 140 destinations in 80 countries with a fleet of over 215 widebodied aircraft. The airline has an aircraft order book of 374 units valued at over US $162 billion at list prices. Emirates currently operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s with 47 in service and 93 pending delivery, and also the world’s largest Boeing 777 fleet with 135 in service and 211 pending delivery.

Emirates, winner of more than 500 international awards for product and service excellence, is on a strong trajectory to become a top 100 global lifestyle brand. The airline is gaining momentum having been named the world’s Most Valuable Airline Brand, according to the 2013 Brand Finance Global 500 study, as well as being designated as one of the most iconic airline brands by the Taylor Nelson Sofres Iconicity index.

Between April 1998 and March 2008, Mr Clark was also the Managing Director of Sri Lankan Airlines, the latter position resulted from Emirates’ acquisition in April 1998 of a major stake in the airline with full management control.

Mr. Clark is Chairman of the Emirates Airline Foundation, which he was instrumental in founding. The Foundation strives to improve the welfare of disadvantaged children of the world. He holds a degree in Economics from London University and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Middlesex.

In the 2014 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, Mr. Clark was invested as a Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to British prosperity and to the aviation industry. In November 2009, he was conferred an ‘Officier de la Legion d’Honneur’ by the French government for services to transport and aviation and holds the 2009 Gold Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society for his contribution to civil aerospace. At the 2011 Airline Business and Flightglobal Achievement Awards, he was recognized as ‘Leader of the year’, and in 2013, he received the Center for Aviation (CAPA) Legends award and was inducted into the CAPA Hall of Fame.


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