Gunnar Eklund Receives 'Airline Professional of the Year' Award

May 11, 2000, 01:00 ET from Icelandair

    COLUMBIA, Md., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Gunnar Eklund, Icelandair's General
 Manager-The Americas, has been selected as "Airline Professional of the Year"
 by the Baltimore chapter of The Academy of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality.
 An engraved silver plate commemorating the event was presented during the 6th
 Annual Academy Awards dinner on Tuesday, May 2, 2000.
     "It is an honor to receive this award, which represents not only an
 acknowledgement of my efforts but also primarily the accomplishments of the
 many dedicated staff members who work with me in Icelandair," Eklund
 commented.  "BWI is now the biggest North American gateway for our company in
 terms of local sales in the United States and Canada," he added.
     Eklund, who was unable to attend the award ceremonies due to meetings in
 Europe, said the timing is auspicious, as Icelandair is celebrating 10 years
 of consecutive service from Baltimore/Washington International airport this
     Eklund joined Icelandair in 1990 with an assignment to establish a sales
 foothold at BWI and was named Sales Manager in 1995 and General Manager-The
 Americas in July 1996.  His previous experience includes 18 years with
 Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) in Scandinavia, Africa, Middle East, Far
 East and in the US.
     Icelandair-The Americas is headquartered at 5950 Symphony Woods Road,
 Columbia, Maryland.

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