French government honours Fernandes
27 November 2013 – Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and Co-Chairman of Caterham Group, has been conferred with the Commander of the Legion d'Honneur award by the French government.
Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the award recognises outstanding service of individuals to France, with the Commander of the Legion d'Honneur being the highest ranking honour that the French government can hand a non-French citizen.
The award was presented to Fernandes by Francois Hollande, President of France, at the Elysée Palace in Paris on Tuesday.
"It is truly an honour to be conferred the Commander of the Legion d'Honneur, and I am humbled with the recognition given by the government of France," said Fernandes. "Aviation is an important industry that not only contributes to the economy of countries, but also provides jobs, connects communities and enhances livelihoods.
"As the Group CEO of AirAsia, I am proud that we have positively contributed both directly and indirectly towards many peoples' lives. This is great motivation for me to continue to steer the group to greater heights, and once again, I am grateful for this incredible honour."
Fernandes was previously conferred the Officier of the Legion d'Honneur award by the French Government back in 2010.