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Irishman Alan Joyce, CEO Qantas, Honoured at Ireland’s Aviation Gala Ball

03 Apr 2016

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas was honoured by the Irish aviation industry at Ireland’s Aviation Gala Ball, which took place on Friday 1st April in Dublin at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel.

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Alan Joyce, CEO Qantas and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.

Over 850 guests from all across the aviation industry attended the ball, which was organised by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) in aid of the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF) – a charity which celebrates Ireland’s rich aviation heritage.

Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the IAA said, “We’re deeply committed to promoting the growth of the Irish aviation industry. We believe there is tremendous value in supporting these activities and Ireland’s Aviation Gala Ball and the IHFF are just some examples. Later this year, we will support the Bray and Foynes air shows as well as the 30th Anniversary of Ireland West Knock Airport.  Thanks to the generosity of the entire Irish aviation industry who attended this event, we have been able to add a Boeing Stearman to the IHFF fleet – the aircraft, named ‘Spirit of Tipperary’ was formally owned by Cathal Ryan, son of Dr Tony Ryan who founded the air finance and leasing sector.”

At the Gala Ball, Tallaght native, Alan Joyce was honoured by the industry. Mr. Joyce started his aviation career with Aer Lingus in 1988 before moving to Australia in 1996, where he initially worked with Ansett Airlines. Alan started out with Qantas in 2000 and was appointed the first CEO of their low cost subsidiary Jetstar. He was appointed CEO of the parent company in 2008 and in recent years he has successfully led the transformation of the airline.

In accepting the recognition from Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Mr Joyce said: “It’s a tremendous honour to receive this recognition from the Irish aviation industry, particularly as this is where my career began. Perhaps more than any other industry, aviation is a team effort, so in accepting this honour I have to acknowledge all those I have worked with closely over the years, particularly at the Qantas Group.”

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L-R: Eamonn Brennan (CEO IAA), Stephen Kavanagh (CEO Aer Lingus), Dermot Mannion (Deputy Chairman Royal Brunei Airlines), Alan Joyce (CEO Qantas Group), Christoph Muller (CEO Malaysia Airlines), Willie Walsh (CEO IAG), Pat Byrne (CEO Cityjet)

All airlines servicing Ireland attended the Gala Ball and eight of the top ten lessors were represented. Other guests on the night included Willie Walsh, CEO IAG, Stephen Kavanagh, CEO Aer Lingus, Christoph Muller, CEO Malaysia Airlines, Dómhnal Slattery, CEO Avolon, Pat Byrne, CEO Cityjet , Sean Brogan, CEO Stobart Air, Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman Royal Brunei Airlines, Michel Cawley, Chair Tourism Ireland and  Kevin Toland, CEO daa.


For media queries, contact:

Tony Lane

Communications Executive

Irish Aviation Authority

Tel: +353 1 603 1199 

Mob: +353 86 7911864



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