Blue sapphires are unparalleled specimens of nature’s beauty. Long ago, some people believed that the firmament was an enormous blue sapphire in which the Earth was embedded. Although found in the ground of our ‘blue planet’, sapphires really are the jewels of the sky. When the sky is blue, it means good conditions for flying. The colour Blue is a symbol that is strongly linked with feelings which belong to qualities that prove their value in the long term. It is the colour which fits in with everything that is constant and reliable.
Pegasus was the original symbol, creative spirit and power of the Muses of Greek mythology that brought inspiration and beauty to the lives of all it encountered. The winged stallion symbolizes strength and purity. The characteristics and positive messages related to these precious symbols inspired me to determine that the Sapphire Pegasus Award for Business Aviation was the most appropriate name for recognition of outstanding achievement.
The Sapphire Pegasus Award recognizes and honors outstanding performances by companies and individuals in Business Aviation. In total 115 nominations were received this year which represents an increase 32% over last year. Most of nominations were for companies; several were for individual professionals. I am pleased about this year’s high turnout. The significant increase in nominations clearly indicates that the Award has earned its respect and value in the industry. There is also a wide geographic spread for the nominations. Of the twelve different award categories, ‘FBO & Service Providers’ and ‘Innovations’ were the highest in demand.
We have created the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award to honour the elite of Business Aviation. After receiving the nominations, it was a challenging task to objectively review and validate excellent nominees and reward the most outstanding performances of companies and individuals. An opportunity for public on-line voting has been provided. The public vote was combined with the evaluation of a panel of business aviation experts from different segments of the industry and with different perspectives; they had the final word on the selection of the award winners. We honour all the nominees and at the same time express our gratitude for their service to the industry and its clients.
We congratulate the award winners and let it be known that receiving a Sapphire Pegasus
is a great achievement and recognition of the highest level of excellence.
Wishing you wonderful evening!
Sapphire Pegasus Awards Founder