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AACO elects full-time secretary general; endorses 10-year strategic plan. (Arab Air Carriers Organization; Adli Dajani)

AACO elects full-time secretary general; endorses 10-year strategic plan

The Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) membership expects the trade association to play an increased role in furthering industry cooperation, having elected veteran airline executive Adli Dajani as its first full-time secretary general. The 20th annual general meeting (AGM), attended by all 17 members of AACO, spent much of its time discussing this appointment and its implications. In its final session, chaired by Mohammed Ahmed Al-Haimy, chairman of Yemenia and AACO president, tribute was paid to Salim Salaam, chairman and president of Middle East Airlines, who stepped down as part-time secretary general of AACO. He had served in this capacity since 1966, one year after the association's conception.

Dajani joined Cyprus Airways in the 1950s and subsequently was with Air-India before becoming commercial director of Kuwait Airways. He also served as commercial director of Gulf Air, and after leaving that post he continued to be associated with that company as a consultant. From his offices in London and Bahrain he had many clients including Douglas Aircraft Company. Under the terms of his three-year contract as full-time secretary general of AACO, Dajani, 58, had to give up his consulting activities. In compensation he requested a salary many times greater than the renumeration given to Salim Salaam, who served as secretary general in a part-time capacity, and considerably higher than the salary paid to veteran AACO Secretariat Executive Amer Sharif who, despite his title of director general, is a subordinate to the secretary general. …

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