Fernandes named Airline Industry Leader of the Year 23 January, 2014 Tony Fernandes AirAsia Group CEO and( Caterham F1 team owner) Tony Fernandes has been named ‘Airline Industry Leader of the Year’ at the Aviation 100 Awards held in Dublin yesterday. In a statement today, AirAsia said that Fernandes was recognised for pushing the boundaries of the aviation industry. Fernandes said this achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all the nearly 12,000 AirAsia AllStars. “It has been a great journey for us at AirAsia this past 12 years. We’ve grown from a debt-ridden airline when Kamarudin and I took over more than a decade ago, into a global brand with RM6 billion market cap value today,” he said. The Aviation 100 Awards is held annually, is now in its fourth year, and is the result of a four-month industry survey of aviation executives globally, including airlines, lessors, finance houses, law firms and manufacturers, and carries an average vote of nearly 11,000 industry professionals. (Reuters) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.