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2010 European Business Aviation Awards Presented to Elie Zelouf and Aéroports de Paris Officials

Contacts: Patrick Dunne, (202) 783-9362, pdunne@nbaa.org
Romain Martin, EBAA, +32 2 766 00 73, rmartin@ebaa.org

Geneva, Switzerland, May 4, 2010 – The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that Elie Zelouf, senior vice president of Jet Aviation, and officials at Aéroports de Paris are the recipients of the 2010 European Business Aviation Awards.

The European Business Aviation Awards were presented during the opening day of the 10th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2010), the only European exhibition focusing solely on business aviation.

This year’s award recipients both have demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to advancing the business aviation industry. Elie Zelouf, a part of Jet Aviation from its earliest days, was instrumental in developing the company’s Basel facility, helping to pioneer the early days of business aviation in Europe.

Rodolfo Baviera, EBAA chairman, commended Elie Zelouf as a true visionary leader for business aviation. “Described as a man of action, who knows first-hand what clients expect, Zelouf has always believed in the future of business aviation, even in difficult times,” Baviera said. “This award honors his relentless drive, unwavering support and dedication to the business aviation community.”

Officials from Aéroports de Paris, the first dedicated business aviation airfield in Europe, have continuously promoted the value of business aviation and recently extended that commitment by unanimously voting to launch a 20-year, 170 million euro airport modernization program.

“We join the Aéroport de Paris’s Le Bourget airfield in celebrating its 50th anniversary as being the first business aviation airport in Europe,” Baviera said. “Le Bourget truly exemplifies the many benefits and opportunities business aviation offers a region, a country and the global business community.”

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked the award receptions for their hard work and dedication to the business aviation community. "These leaders in the European business aviation community have earned this recognition, and it is an honor to present them with these awards," he said. 

The annual European Business Aviation Awards have been given since the inception of EBACE in 2001. Past recipients are as follows (titles and affiliations shown were current at time of award presentation):

  • Marwan Khalek, CEO and co-founder of Gama Aviation Limited, and Lyon-Bron Business Airport (2009)
  • Mark Booth, chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe (2008)
  • Judith Moreton, Bombardier Skyjet International, and Mark Wilson, British Business and General Aviation Association (2007)
  • Geneva PALEXPO and Flight Safety International (2006)
  • TAG Aviation and Cannes/Mandelieu Airport (2005)
  • Jean-Francois Georges, Dassault Aviation, and Fernand Francois, European Business Aviation Association (2004)
  • Ahid Quntar, Royal Wings/Arab Wings, and Andrew Walters, Regional Airports Ltd. (2003)
  • Richard Gooding, London City Airport, and Jean-Pierre Jobin, Geneva International Airport (2002)
  • Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, LEGO, and Frederik Sørensen, Head of Unit, European Commission (2001)

Learn more about EBACE2010, being held this week from May 4 to 6 in Geneva, at www.ebace.aero.

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About EBAA
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) was founded in 1977 to defend the interests of business aviation. Today, more than 500 business aviation companies (direct members or members of associate organizations) rely on the EBAA to protect their business interests. It is the only voice to represent business aviation among the European institutions. For more information, visit www.ebaa.org.

About NBAA
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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