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Malaysia Airports' Managing Director Receives CAPA Legend's Award

02 November 2008

Kuala Lumpur, 2 November 2008 - Dato' Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports added to Malaysian's international success list when he was awarded Centre of Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Legend's Award in the CAPA's annual Awards for Excellence, joining previous recipients Ray Webster (former Chief Executive Officer of easyJet), Dr Cheong Choong Kong (former Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines) and Maurice Flanagan (Vice Chairman, Emirates Airline) in the Centre's Hall of Fame.

"This award honours a lifetime of strategic leadership, innovation and influence in the aviation industry. Over several decades, he has had a quiet but massive influence in all sectors of Malaysia's aviation development, in what has been a remarkable period of aviation development and reform. Under Dato' Bashir's leadership and vision, KLIA has had an outstanding recent history. It is a regional leader in the low cost sector, which is driving millions in investment and tourism expenditure into the country. Malaysia's ascendant influence on Asian aviation will change the structure of the industry in years to come", said Peter Harbison, Executive Chairman of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Dato' Seri Bashir has been in the aviation industry for 36 years. He started as a trainee in 1972 and was among the first 250 staff to join Malaysia Airlines when it first started operations. He worked his way up serving in various departments before becoming Executive Vice-President. He was subsequently appointed Aviation Advisor to the Government for a short while before assuming his present position as Managing Director of Malaysia Airports in 2003.

The award was presented at the Gala Awards Ceremony in Singapore on 30 October, held as part of this year's fifth annual Asia Aviation Outlook summit, showcasing airline and airport CEOs from around the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.

In the previous years, Malaysia Airlines had been awarded the CAPA Phoenix Award and CAPA Turnaround Airline of the Year award whilst AirAsia had been awarded the CAPA Low Cost Airline of the Year.

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) was founded in 1990 and built an international reputation as the leading specialist aviation consultancy in the Asia Pacific, the Indian Subcontinent and Middle East regions. Today the Centre's extensive information, analysis and data services deliver thought provoking and reliable advice to aviation industry leaders every day.

For the past 5 years, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation has been recognising aviation industry innovators and leaders for the excellence they have displayed in the execution of their cutting-edge business strategies as the regional aviation industry in the region continues to develop and mature.

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