Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lionel Wilton to depart Alpha March 31

Lionel Wilton (in signature bow tie) with Nasser Lozi Chairman of Royal Jordanian and Majid Alsadi

Alpha Flight Services soon bids farewell to its CEO Lionel Wilton, who will be leaving after spending the last 13 years in Jordan and just shy of 40 years with the company

Lionel was honored at a dinner February 19 in the Sky Lounge at the Millennium Hotel Amman, which included friends and colleagues in the aviation industry.

He guided the company through a number of strategic projects and led the negotiation of many acquisitions and joint venture initiatives, positioning Alpha to its current place as a leading provider of high-quality airline and airport solutions.

“I have been privileged to work with great people across the globe – both our colleagues within Alpha and those of our business partners, enriching my life in the process through the interaction with many cultures, the most influential of which has been that of the Middle East and my beloved Jordan,” he remarked in a recent release.

He has overseen several strategic developments of Alpha’s business, including the original acquisition of the company’s Australian business, the establishment of its interests in the Middle East and the acquisition of Alpha by dnata in 2011.

“It has been a great privilege to work with Lionel who proved himself a professional in his field. I wish him all the best as he had been a great asset to the company and a close personal friend to me,” said Dr. AlSadi Chairman of Alpha Jordan.

For the industry, Lionel has been an important player, working with the International Flight Services Association to put in writing airline the catering guidelines that are now a part of standard practice throughout much of the industry. He has been an important ally for PAX International as a valued source for news and analysis. He has also participated in our events in the Middle East in the past.

Lionel tells us he won’t be visiting the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo in Hamburg this year; but we are fairly certain that we will be seeing him again, somewhere in the middle of important developments in the travel catering industry.

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