Event Details

Operation Blue Nylon – The story of Harrier XV741

Event Date: Tue, 10 Mar, 2020
Event Time: 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Venue: Mina A'Salam Hotel
Location: Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai

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Member Registrations: 245 AED
Pre-members Fee: 345 AED

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Ever wanted to know what it’s like to own a piece of aviation history?  Paul Griffiths, in addition to running the world’s largest international airport at DXB, tells his story of how he came to realise his boyhood dream of acquiring one of the most famous and historic fighter jets of all time – the Hawker-Siddeley Harrier GR.1 XV741, which won the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race in 1969 and still holds the world record for the fastest transatlantic crossing from London’s Post Office Tower to New York’s Empire State Building.  Come and hear his fascinating story of how the restoration of this unique jump jet uncovered so many coincidences, mysteries and discoveries during its 7-year restoration.

Paul is responsible for the operation and development of Dubai International (DXB) – the world’s busiest airport for international passengers, as well as Dubai World Central (DWC). Paul joined Dubai Airports as its first CEO in October 2007. Exactly a year later, on 14 October, he orchestrated the flawless launch of Terminal 3 at Dubai International and on 27 June 2010 successfully opened the Emirate’s second airport, Dubai World Central (DWC). He achieved another milestone in Dubai’s aviation history on 2 January 2013 with the similarly flawless opening of Concourse A, the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility and again with Concourse D on February 24, 2016. Paul also oversaw the historic opening of the passenger terminal at DWC on 27 October 2013. On December 20, 2018, Paul joined Dubai Airports’ Chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in welcoming Dubai International’s billionth passenger.

Prior to moving to Dubai, Paul was Managing Director of London’s Gatwick Airport, the second largest airport in the UK. Before joining airport operator BAA in 2004, he spent 14 years with the Virgin Group, working closely with Sir Richard Branson as a Board Director of the Virgin Travel Group, embracing the commercial activities of both Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Trains.

For more details about Paul Griffiths, click here.

Fee includes: Three-course lunch and beverages
Free valet parking at hotel entrance

If your company is a BBG member and you are not a named member, please register by emailing booking@bbgdxb.com to benefit from the member rate, named members should register online as usual. Cancellations will be accepted until 11.59am on Sunday 8th March, after which “no show fees” will apply.