Bhanu Choudhrie is the CEO of Alpha Aviation Group, India’s leading aviation company, which has pioneered investing in aircraft leasing and commercial aviation.
Bhanu Choudhrie is the CEO of one of India’s largest private sector companies, Alpha Aviation Group. On a mission to provide world-class services to Indian Airlines and other carriers across the world, he has overseen Alpha’s growth from an airstrip to a whole airport; from a single plane to over 100; from 10 pilots operating two airplanes per day in 1947 to over 500 employees flying more than 20 hours per day with 18 aircraft today.
He is known to be the owner of the world’s second-longest aircraft, a Boeing 767. Bhanu Choudhrie was born in 1926 in Mathura and studied at Mayo College at Ajmer. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and an Honorary Life Member for life.
Several international universities have awarded Chaudhry honorary doctorates for his distinguished services in business and technology. He has been inducted into the Indian Business Hall of Fame by the Centre for Leadership Development and Research (CLDR), Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Bhanu Chaudhry received the RACI Award in 2000, the prestigious Baba Diwan award in 2003, and the “India’s Youngster of the Year” award by The Hindustan Times in 2005.
Chaudhry is married to Hemlata Choudhrie, and they have three sons – Dr. Hiren Choudhrie, Rajiv Choudhrie, and Raja Chaudhry. The government has declared Bhanu Choudhrie the new chairman of Air India. His son, Rajiv Chaudhry, is also a director of the airline. He is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry.
His main aviation interests are in Alpha Aviation Group and Air Pegasus, the latest entrepreneurial venture he established in partnership with his sons. He is also a member of various AICTE committees, FICCI’s National Committee for Civil Aviation, and an advisor to several airlines, including Singapore Airlines and Air Mauritius. He was invited to be a member of the DAE (Department of Atomic Energy) Small Satellite Committee in 2006-07. Refer to this page for additional information.