Major becomes first Bahamian to obtain Master of Laws degree in international aviation
The Bahamas and Oman are two countries easily thought to be worlds apart, given their being situated in the western and eastern hemispheres of the world, respectively. However, despite the geographical distance between them, both nations are similarly bordered by large bodies of water – the Atlantic Ocean (The Bahamas) and the Arabian Sea (Oman).This fact increases the need and significance of adequate, affordable and quality air service arrangements for international travelers to both countries.
On Sunday, May 13, The Bahamas and Oman added to their list of things in common. Keith Major Jr. and Maktoom Al Wahaibi, both sons of their respective soils, became the first in their countries to obtain a Master of Law (LL.M.) in international aviation. Both gentlemen received their master’s degrees in Chicago, Illinois at DePaul University’s 119th College of Law commencement service.
Chicago serves as home to DePaul University’s International Aviation Law Institute, the first and only institute of its kind in the United States. Chicago is the place where the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation occurred in 1944. The Chicago Convention, as it is referred to, has been ratified by more than 190 of the world’s countries and is administered by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a United Nations specialized agency established in 1944.
Major’s recent achievement marks the third generation of his family to align its career with aviation. The tradition began with Major’s grandfather, Etienne Odell Major (deceased), who joined The Bahamas’ Civil Aviation Department in 1957 and retired in 1991 as its deputy director. Keith O. Major Sr., Major’s father, joined the Civil Aviation Department in 1973, and Wendy Major, his mother, joined in 1975. Both of Major’s parents are still employed in The Bahamas’ aviation sector. Keith Major Sr. presently serves as manager of The Bahamas Air Navigation Services Department (BANSD), and Wendy Major serves as director of the Aviation Policy Unit in the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation.