One of Middle East aviation’s leading figures, Maurice Flanagan, has died. Flanagan, 86, was the founding CEO of Emirates Airline. In 1985, he led a 10-man team that launched Emirates with, as he later described it, two leased aircraft, a $10 million grant and a strict warning from the emirate’s government not to come back for more. In 1990 he became group managing director of the Emirates Group. He was the Group’s executive vice chairman until his retirement in 2013. ...

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