Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (EAG), the private aviation and aircraft management specialist, was the winner of the ‘Aircraft Management Service Provider of the Year Award 2015’ at the ninth annual Aviation Business Awards, held in Dubai, in October. Launched in 2007 in Dubai, EAG now operates one of the region’s largest managed fleets of business jets, with 27 aircraft based in Dubai, Oman, India, San Marino, Hong Kong and Nigeria. The company, which has a team of 150 aviation specialists, has expanded operations across the globe and opened branches in India and, most recently, in San Marino, as well as a dedicated sales office in the USA. Commenting on the award, Paras Dhamecha, Executive Director, Empire Aviation Group, said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious Aviation Business Award and especially to be recognized for aircraft management services, which are the core of our business. This is the second industry award we have received in the last two months and is due reward for the efforts of the entire EAG team over several years. As we grow from our Dubai base into a truly global operator, we remain committed to providing the highly personalised services that we believe makes the difference to aircraft owners.” Organized by magazine publisher ITP Publishing Group, the ninth annual Aviation Business Awards took place in Dubai on Sunday, October 25th, celebrating winners across 15 categories in a ceremony at the Park Hyatt Hotel. An independent jury of senior leaders in the industry worked with the editor of Aviation Business Middle East to select the winners. Empire Aviation Group was also announced as the winner of the ‘Service Excellence Award for Aircraft Sales and Aircraft Management Services’ at the Gulf Aviation Networking Event (GANE) 2015, held in Dubai in September 2015.