Aer Lingus: Training ground for the big time

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Today’s news that Jetstar chief executive Alan Joyce has been named CEO of Qantas marks another example of a former Aer Lingus executive hitting the big time by getting the top job at a major airline at a relatively young age.

Fellow Irishman Willie Walsh started his career at Aer Lingus before being named chief executive of British Airways at the age of 43.

For more on Walsh, see our cover interview with him from earlier this year.

Likewise, Joyce, who spent eight years of his early career at Aer Lingus, has been given the top job at Qantas at the age of 42.

Joyce was a winner at this year’s Airline Business Airline Strategy Awards, where we presented him with the award for Low-Cost Airline Leadership.

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