Maurice Flanagan, who helped launch Emirates airline, dies

Sir Maurice Flanagan, a British aviation executive who helped get Emirates airline off the ground and guided its breakneck growth for nearly three decades, has died. He was 86.

Sir Maurice Flanagan, a British aviation executive who helped get Emirates airline off the ground and guided its breakneck growth for nearly three decades, has died. He was 86.

The Dubai-based airline he shepherded into existence with backing from the UAE government went on to become the Mideast’s biggest carrier – and a force in the global aviation industry.

The carrier’s parent company, Emirates Group, announced Flanagan’s death Thursday, just hours after it reported an annual profit of $1.5 billion. It said he died at his home in London, surrounded by friends and loved ones. It did not provide a cause of death.
 
 
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