The Sapphire Pegasus Awards are ready to sparkle at EBACE


The Sapphire Pegasus Award recognizes and honors outstanding performances by companies and individuals in Business Aviation. Most of the nominations were for companies; several were for individual professionals. The Sapphire Pegasus Award trophies will be presented to the winners on May 29, the first day of EBACE in Room #1 of the conference area at 13:00. The presentations are moderated by the well known British Toastmaster Richard Birtchnell.

“This year, we had another significant increase in number of nominations and online votes to almost 60,000, which clearly indicates that the interest in recognizing professionals for their outstanding performances is appreciated and more than justified,” commented Antonia Lukacinova, founder of Sapphire Pegasus Awards. “I am very pleased about this year’s high turnout. The 74 international nominees clearly indicate that the Award has earned its respect and value in the industry. There is a wide geographic spread for the nominations. Of the fifteen different award categories, ‘FBO & Service Providers’ and ‘Innovations’.”

Speaking about the Sapphire Pegasus Awards BACA Chairman Richard Mumford said "I look forward to seeing a very successful Awards presentation at EBACE and congratulate all finalists on being shortlisted."

The shortlisted finalists of the Sapphire Pegasus Awards have been announced and can be seen by visiting the website www.spbaa.com. The combined scoring of the advisory board and the online voting have been added together to create a shortlist of worthy finalists. The selection process by the Board of Advisors, consisting of eight judges who independently make their decisions, guarantees high objectivity and integrity. It aims to make it indisputable that the most exceptional performers will be honored. The Awards have been accepted as an asset of its own kind in the industry and already finds worldwide attention. The professional Business Aviation organizations EBAA, BACA, CEPA, WCA and AFBAA are supporting partners of the Sapphire Pegasus Award.

NEW CATEGORIES In order to support the developments in Business Aviation and to reward the outstanding performance of companies and professionals dealing with these types of services, the following three brand new Award categories were introduced: Outstanding Design, Outstanding Communication in Business Aviation and Outstanding Business Aviation Photography.

Design plays a vital role in Business Aviation regardless of whether one is into business jets, helicopters, VIP lounges or Business Aviation offices. We are pleased that this category has been very well received; one of the very first nominations that was for this category. In this first year of nominations for the category, we received five excellent nominations - international studios that created outstanding design for the industry.

Effective communication is critical for driving the success of businesses, and the aviation sectors are no exception. This award category is presented to aviation professionals or teams who have performed excellently in planning and managing the communication chain. Also important is increasing the awareness of business aviation in general and Our nominees took a significant journey to create better and more understandable ways of accepting that business aviation is not only a luxury segment, but it is also providing a highly efficient way of travelling.

As an all-encompassing award series, professional and amateur aviation photographers will be awarded for their skills and passion to deliver fascinating photographs of memorable moments and events including photographs of planes, helicopters, airports or activities in Business Aviation. The winner of this category will derive from three international nominees who spend their lives with cameras and making aviation pictures.

The Sapphire Pegasus shortlisted finalists are:

I. Business Jet Operator 1. ABS Jets, Czech Republic 2. Globe Air, Austria 3. Lux Aviation, Luxemburg

II. Broker – Aircraft Broker, Charter Broker 1. Air Charter Service 2. Aviation Services Management 3. PrivateFly, UK

III. Handler / FBO 1. JETEX FBO Dubai 2. FBO Riga 3. Tag Aviation (Sion, London, Geneva and Madrid)

IV. Service Provider - Flight Support, MRO, etc 1. CAE 2. UAS International Trip Support 3. Lufthansa Technik

V. Business Aviation Airport 1. London Oxford Airport 2. Dubai International Airport 3. Riga International Airport

VI. Innovation in Business Aviation 1. AVIAA 2. hullo Aircrew 3. UAS International Trip Support

VII. Lifetime Achievement 1. Adam Twidell, Private Fly 2. Mohammed Hosary, UAS International Trip Support 3. Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, LUX Aviation UK

VIII. Woman in Aviation 1. Gabriella Somerville, ConnectJets 2. Julie Black, Hunt & Palmer and BACA Council Member 3. Nina Flohr, Creative Director of VistaJet

IX. Young Talent / Start Up 1. Andy King, FLYT – UK 2. MySky 3. Nina Flohr, VistaJet, Switzerland

X. Charity / Relief Effort N/A

XI. Business Aviation Journalist / Topic Coverage 1. Liz Moscrop, GearUp TV 2. Chad Trautvetter, news editor, Aviation International News 3. Terry Spruce, Corporate Jet Investor

XII. Outstanding Design 1. Design Q – who continue to deliver excellent cabin designs 2. JETEX FBO Dubai 3. Lufthansa Technic

XIII. Outstanding Communication in Business Aviation 1. Emerald Media 2. PrivateFly 3. 8020

XIV. Business Aviation Photography 1. Paul Cordwell, UK 2. Tim Wallace, UK 3. Matthias Geiger, Switzerland

XV. Outstanding Contribution to Business Aviation Nominations by Advisory Board

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