“Commandeur Of The Order Of Leopold II”
November 16, 2011
Delhi: In a unique honour, Belgium today conferred the “Commandeur of the Order of Leopold II”, one of the country’s highest civilian distinctions, to Mr. Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways, for his meritorious service and efforts to foster business and cultural ties with Belgium. This distinction has been conferred on him by H.E The King of the Belgians.
In recognition of Jet Airways’ contribution to India’s business and cultural ties with Belgium, the Belgian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Pierre Vaesen handed over the Commandeurs cross of the Order of Leopold II in the presence of the visiting Minister – President of Flanders, Mr. Kris Peeters. Also present at the glittering ceremony to celebrate the Kings Day, in New Delhi and to witness the event were heads of missions and members of the diplomatic community from varied nations as well as Indian officials and captains of the Belgian and Indian industry.
Commenting on the conferment of the high civilian distinction to Mr. Goyal, the Belgian Ambassador H.E., Mr. Pierre Vaesen said, “I warmly congratulate you on being conferred this highest distinction, which is a recognition of your remarkable career in global aviation and of the lead taken by you in helping establish and nurture Indo - Belgian cultural and economic ties. Our King and the people of Belgium wish to pay their tribute by conferring this distinction on you.”
Named in honour of King Leopold II of Belgium the “Order of Leopold II” is one of the highest civilian distinctions in Belgium. It was, established on 24 August 1900 by Leopold II. The distinction is awarded for meritorious service by the Sovereign of Belgium. Importantly, the Order of Leopold II can only be awarded by a Royal Decree.
Commenting on the conferment of the Commandeur of the Order of Leopold II Mr. Naresh Goyal, Chairman, The Jet Airways Group said, I am deeply humbled to be considered worthy of the conferment of the Commandeur of the Order of Leopold II and offer my heartfelt thanks to His Majesty, the Government and citizens of Belgium for this singular honor. I accept it on behalf of each and every member of the Jet Airways family, whose consistent pursuit of excellence has singularly enabled the success of our Airline. And I pledge to continue our combined endeavor to add further value towards nurturing and enhancing Indo-Belgian economic and cultural ties in the years ahead.
About Jet AirwaysJet Airways currently operates a fleet of 99 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 57 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 20 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 5.69 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. Flights to 75 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Brussels, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London(Heathrow), Milan, Muscat, New York (both JFK and Newark), Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore and Toronto.
About Jet Airways KonnectJet Airways' Konnect service operates on key domestic routes, and is designed to meet the needs of the low-fare segment with value-for-money fares. Jet Airways Konnect links seven major metros - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata – with several destinations across India, operating approximately 290 flights daily.
About JetLiteJetLite is a subsidiary of Jet Airways India Ltd. and was acquired by Jet Airways in April 2007. Positioned as an all-economy, no-frills airline, JetLite operates a fleet of 18 Boeing 737 series aircrafts. The airline flies to 27 domestic destinations and 1 international destination (Kathmandu), operating 123 flights a day, on average.
Jet Airways, Jet Airways Konnect and JetLite have a combined fleet strength of 117 aircraft and operate over 620 flights daily.
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