Aleghfeli appointed Etihad Airways’ first Emirati Area Manager

LAHORE: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced the appointment of Othman Aleghfeli, a UAE national, as an Area Manager Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) from his current position as Assistant General Manager for the airline’s Abu Dhabi Hub.

In the new role, Othman will be responsible for overseeing the airline’s operations and driving growth in the GCC. He joined Etihad Airways in 2007. His career started with the airline’s Graduate Management Program. After 18 months, Othman obtained his Etihad Airways – Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) diploma in leadership and management.

At the age of 30, Othman started his first operations role as Etihad Airways’ Airport Duty Manager in Chicago. He has been honed his operational skills as Duty Manager at Jeddah International Airport between 2010 and 2011 and Airport Manager at Seoul International Airport from 2012 to 2014. Othman won the airline’s Employee of the Year Award in 2012 for ‘Best Emirati Operations Employee in the Network’ and in 2014 for ‘Best Station Manager Performance of the Year’.

Etihad Airways has recently deployed more than 140 UAE nationals to various positions at the airline’s offices and airport destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Othman received a diploma in electrical technology from Abu Dhabi High Technical School, in addition to an Associate Degree from Penn College, USA and a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University, USA.

Othman received a scholarship from Etihad Airways in 2014 to earn an MBA in Aerospace Aviation from the prestigious Toulouse Business School in France. Chris Youlten, Senior Vice President Airports and Network Operations at Etihad Airways, said: I am delighted to have someone of Othman’s calibre in our team. I have known him as a graduate manager and long been an admirer of his successful operation in Seoul. With his strong expertise in operations, he will be able to lead the team to develop our business in the GCC region.

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