The brains behind Emirates, a bold and visionary leader and the person that made one of the biggest airlines as we see today, Sir Tim Clark, will be stepping down from his position of President of the Airline.

An internal memo sent out by Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said that Tim Clark will be stepping down from his position as President but will still be providing the Middle Eastern giant with consultancy.

Emirates spokesperson confirmed this news and said:

“Through wars, economic recessions, disasters natural or man-made, and various industry upheavals, Tim has ably steered and grown Emirates to its standing today as the world’s largest international airline, and an eminent player in the global airline industry”

Sir Tim Clark was one of the founding members of Emirates in 1985. He was initially the head of airline planning and then worked his way up the ladder. In 2003, he became the President of Emirates Airline. His efforts alongside other executive personnel have driven the airline to become one the largest operators in the world. He is truly an aviation veteran who was bold in his words. He once said in front of a crowd of journalists that manufacturers need to up their game and that he has lost patience.  Before joining Emirates in 1985, Clark had gained strong experience working in the industry at Gulf Air and Caledonian Airways.

At 70 years old, Clark is departing the airline as it prepares for massive expansion plans and fleet modernization. Older 777’s will be replaced by 777X’s. Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be incorporated in the mix as well as Airbus A350 XWB’s. With Emirates still believing in the usability of the A380, the mammoth aircraft too will need to be uitilized for the next decade or two at least.

Since the A380’s birth, Emirates has become the largest operator of the A380 and the main driving force behind that was Sir Tim Clark with him even pushing Airbus for an A380neo. Without Clark’s work with the A380 during its development and service life cycle, it is believed the aircraft would have been abandoned many years ago.

Whoever will replace Sir Tim Clarke next year, certainly has big shoes to fill.

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