The Wings Club to Honor Steven F. Udvar-Hazy with the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award

**To Be Presented at the Club's 66th Annual Dinner on October 24, 2008**

Apr 09, 2008, 01:00 ET from The Wings Club

    NEW YORK, April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wings Club, recognized as
 the premier aviation club in the world, will honor Steven F. Udvar-Hazy,
 Chairman & CEO of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), with the
 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award. Acknowledging outstanding
 accomplishments in the field of aviation and aircraft leasing, the Award
 will be presented on October 24, 2008 at The Wings Club's 66th Annual
 Dinner to be held at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. ILFC is
 the worldwide market leader in the leasing and remarketing of advanced
 technology commercial jet aircraft to airlines around the globe, with a
 portfolio valued at more than $52 billion, consisting of more than 1,000
 jet aircraft.
     Mr. Udvar-Hazy was born in Budapest, Hungary and escaped with his
 family to Sweden in 1958. He then immigrated to the USA shortly thereafter.
 In 1966, while an undergraduate student at UCLA, Mr. Udvar-Hazy formed
 Airlines Systems Research Consultants, a firm specializing in airline
 routes, fleet and planning analysis. His first clients included Aer Lingus
 (Ireland), Mexicana and Air New Zealand. In 1973 he formed Interlease
 Group, Inc. which today is known as International Lease Finance
 Corporation, the largest customer of Airbus and Boeing.
     In 1977 Mr. Udvar-Hazy obtained FAA instrument, multi-engine and
 commercial pilot ratings, and in 1978 he graduated from American Airlines
 flight academy in Fort Worth, Texas, as a certified jet pilot. In 1980 he
 graduated from the Stanford University Graduate Business School, Airline
 Management course. He holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot license and has
 more than 8,000 hours flying time, including more than 7,000 hours in jets.
 He has type ratings in Gulfstreams, Learjets, Citations and presently is
 captain on the Gulfstream V.
     ILFC went public in 1983 with $220 million in assets and $8 million in
 profit. In 1990, International Lease Finance Corporation was acquired by
 American International Group, as a wholly owned subsidiary based in Los
 Angeles, California. Since the acquisition, ILFC has generated cumulative
 pre-tax profits exceeding $8.25 billion for AIG.
     Steve Hazy also serves on the Board of Directors of Skywest, Inc., and
 is on the Board of several foundations, educational institutions and
 corporations, and is the major donor for the Smithsonian National Air and
 Space Museum.
     The Wings Club's Distinguished Achievement Award has been presented
 annually since 1975. Past recipients include Astronaut Neil Armstrong,
 Senator John Glenn, former President George H. W. Bush, Al Ueltschi as well
 as 12 present and former airline CEO's including Fred Smith, Bob Crandall,
 Herb Kelleher, Gordon Bethune, Sir Colin Marshall, and Sir Richard Branson.
     The Wings Club, founded in 1942, is the premiere aviation club in the
 world. Dedicated to preserve the history and traditions of aviation, the
 Club provides a forum for discussion and debate on aeronautical and
 aviation issues. The Wings Club serves nearly 1,200 members including
 industry leaders, pilots, professionals in related service organizations
 and students of aviation.
     Recognizing significant achievements that contribute to the advancement
 of aeronautical and aviation matters, The Wings Club recognizes and honors
 people throughout the year with the Distinguished Achievement Award and
 Distinguished Scholar Awards. The Club also hosts Aviation Leader Series
 Luncheons that feature keynote speeches by industry leaders.
     For more information on The Wings Club please call 212-867-1770, email or visit

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