First bursaries from Monaco Air League

PHOTO: Robert Nylund, Esteban Adam Tello, Alexandre Clement, Jonathan Courtin, Timothée Orengo, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Christopher Foyle, François Gautier, Hugo de Gaillande, Matthieu Thibaudin
PHOTO: Robert Nylund, Esteban Adam Tello, Alexandre Clement, Jonathan Courtin, Timothée Orengo, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Christopher Foyle, François Gautier, Hugo de Gaillande, Matthieu Thibaudin

The Air League of Monaco held its second AGM on April 26 with more than 40 members attending to hear an update from President Christopher Foyle.

Founded by Christopher Foyle, of London’s iconic bookshop fame, the Monaco Wing acts as a chapter of the Air League in the UK, of which he’s Deputy President, to encourage “air-mindedness” by awarding scholarships to young people to pursue a career in aviation, either as a pilot or engineer.

At the end of the last week’s meeting, an opportunity was taken to present several students with scholarships and bursaries which had been generously donated by some of the members. The students are all studying a specialised course known as the BIA (Brevet International Aviation) at the College Charles III and Lycée Albert 1er.

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, a patron of the Association, was delighted to present the awards to each student, many of whom were supported by their families.

Christopher Foyle was first introduced to Stelios in 1993, some fifteen years after he had founded Air Foyle, a turnkey contract airline operator. Christopher explains: “During the first two years Stelios was technically a tour operator who owned airlines. At that time, he felt that until he got larger, it made sense economically to buy into an existing airline system. EasyJet was painted on the airplanes, he was selling the tickets, he was making profit or loss, but the airline actually operating the aircraft was with my company, although the only way passengers would have known this is that on the boarding pass, and the safety cards in the back of the seats, it said ‘operated by Air Foyle Passenger Airlines’.”

Scholarships are open to any nationality residing a Monaco or the Alpes-Maritimes.

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