Maurice Flanagan, executive vice chairman of Emirates Airline, has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the aviation industry for more than half a century.
Flanagan joined BOAC, the forerunner of British Airways, as a graduate trainee in 1953 after serving with the Royal Air Force.
The 82-year-old airline veteran joined Emirates group in 1978 and became managing director of Emriates when it was sent up in 1985.
Last week the Dubai-based airline placed an order worth $11.5 billion with Airbus for 32 A380s, taking the number of superjumbos on order to 90.
The announcement came as the airline said it was on track to make more than $1 billion in profits this year.
One of the few clouds on the horizon, Flanagan said, was the UK government ruling to tax shake-up airlines on a per plane basis, with longer flights taxed more.
Regional airports fear this will lead to passengers opting for European airports to avoid the fees.
“It is just stupidity,” Mr Flanagan said. “For us it is maybe not so big an issue, we are maybe a step removed and we’re committed to the route, but for many services outside of London you have to wonder what they are doing.
“We must find a better way because with all the problems in the industry now, the strikes facing BA or the ash problems, we do not need this as well.”
Peter Tyrie, managing director of boutique luxury townhouse hotel company Eton Collection, received an MBE for services to the hotel industry.
Tyrie is a former managing director of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and founded Balmoral International Hotels in 1990.