Emirates Employees Awarded for Extraordinary Contribution

DUBAI — Emirates Airline and Group lauded employees who have shown extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit or commitment, including those who have saved lives, with the annual Najm Chairman’s Awards — a spectacular crystal trophy, a certificate and a cash reward worth Dh15,000.

By Staff Report

Published: Sat 30 Jan 2010, 11:13 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:41 PM

The awards were presented by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group. Shaikh Ahmed congratulated five awardees in a grand ceremony attended by Emirates’ staff, their families and friends.

The selection process included a new voting system introduced to reflect the views of all members of senior management. Shaikh Ahmed said, “The success of Emirates has been built on the strength of our employees. They are our greatest asset and will always be, so it gives me satisfaction to be here today to recognise their achievements.”

Among the winners were cabin crew member Claire Gascoigne, 27, from the UK, who resuscitated a baby on board and saved its life, New Zealander Andrew Shepherd, 54, a Lounge Agent at Auckland Airport, who carried out an emergency medical manoeuvre on an elderly passenger to help her breathe properly, preventing serious cardiac trouble.

Transport Supervisor Rupesh Vyas, 36, an Indian national was conferred the award for implementing a number of cost-saving procedures at Emirates’ destination management company, Arabian Adventures, while Pakistani national Syed Sami Ur Rehman, 33, Senior Airport Services Agent at Houston, USA, prevented a costly flight delay by volunteering to assist a diverted aircraft while he was on holiday in New Orleans. Indian national K Soman, 52, a member of the Ramp Services team at Dnata Airport Operations, showed extreme diligence in following the company’s safety policies.


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