AB25 poll: You vote Herb as most influential airline leader of the past 25 years

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With a third of the popular vote, Southwest Airlines founder and executive chairman Herb Kelleher has come of top of the Flightglobal/Airline Business poll as the most influential airline leader of the past 25 years.

The charismatic Kelleher pipped two other big personalities to the winning post, with both Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary and Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson coming in with highly respectable 23% scores.

A total of 3,425 votes were cast during the week long poll which was kicked off as part of the Airline Business 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Not far behind O’Leary and Branson was the founder of Emirates Maurice Flanagan, who polled 14% of the vote.

It comes as little surprise to see Herb at the top of the poll. He is the father of low-fare carriers and someone who has had a massive impact not just on the US air transport industry since deregulation in 1978, but who has also inspired a new generation of airline leaders.

 

Related cool stuff:

Read our cover interview with Herb from back in 1999.

Take part in this week’s Flightglobal poll, which asks whether the new Airbus A320neo aircraft will kill off Bombardier’s CSeries?

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