Jaan Albrecht receives Tony Jannus Award

TAMPA, Florida/USA – Jaan Albrecht, CEO Star Alliance today received the prestigious Tony Jannus Award (www.tonyjannusaward.com) in honour of his contributions to commercial aviation. The selection committee believes that Albrecht has been instrumental in contributing to the growth and integration of the first global airline alliance, which currently numbers 28 airlines.

The award was first given in 1964 by the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society, recognising extraordinary accomplishments in the field of commercial aviation. The award perpetuates the legacy of the world's first scheduled commercial airline, initiated and piloted by Tony Jannus on January 1st, 1914 between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida.

In accepting the award, Albrecht stated that he is very impressed by the aims and objectives of the Society: “Not only does it remind people of the pioneering role that early aviators played, the example they’ve set and the ground-breaking progress that is still being made in aviation today. The activities of the society also inspire young people to consider becoming part of it.” Skilled and enthusiastic employees are the backbone of the successful future of the entire aviation industry.” Albrecht pointed out that the founding fathers of Star Alliance needed the same spirit, vision, will to innovate and courage as Tony Jannus, in order to launch this global cooperation which has turned into a respected model for success. “In this respect, it makes me very happy that my team and I in our day-to-day work keep alive the old virtues of the early aviators.”

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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

More information on brusselsairlines.com 

About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

More information on staralliance.com


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