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Chris Zweigenthal receives the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award for services to aviation at AviaDev
Above: Chris Zweigenthal receiving the Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Achievement Award from Raphael Kuuchi, the International Air Transport Association’s Special Envoy to Africa on Aeropolitical Affairs at the AviaDev conference in Cape Town
April 26, 2019. Linden Birns for AASA news. Cape Town, South Africa. Airlines Association of Southern African (AASA) CEO, Chris Zweigenthal, was today named the recipient of the 2019 Ato Girma Wake Lifetime Award in recognition of his contribution to the air transport industry.
The award was presented at the AviaDev Africa 2019 summit in Cape Town today by the International Air Transport Association’s Special Envoy to Africa on Aeropolitical Affairs, Raphael Kuuchi.
AASA, which was established 49 years ago, represents airlines in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries in liaison with governments, legislators, regulators, infrastructure and service providers on matters of common interest to its members.
Mr Zweigenthal has led the association for the past ten years, prior to which he was its deputy CEO. A civil engineer by profession, he began his airline career in 1988 with South African Airways.