Tim Clark, the president of Emirates Airlines will be retiring as of June 2020, airline announced in a memo to employees.
Clark has been in the civil aviation business since 1972 when he joined British Caledonian.
In 1975, he moved to Gulf Air in Bahrain and subsequently to Dubai in 1985 where he became a member of the founding team of Emirates as Head of Airline Planning.
Clark became President of Emirates in 2003 after spending 18 years helping build an aviation empire.
He reshaped the airline business in Middle east, made Emirates a global powerhouse by converting its main hub Dubai into intercontinental connector.
“Through wars, economic recessions, disasters natural or man-made, and various industry upheavals, Tim has ably steered and grown Emirates to its standing today,” said the Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in an internal memo to staff.
He was the lifeline for Airbus A380s, as Emirates has been just flying only A380s and Boeing 777s – now the airline
Mr Clark, who turned 70 in November, will continue as a consultant to the airline,
Emirates began operations in 1985 with planes leased from Pakistan International Airlines and has grown today to operate a fleet of 270 aircraft, flying to 159 destinations.