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Delta Air Lines chief executive Richard Anderson recounts building the world's largest airline. JetBlue chief executive Dave Barger begins his quest to keep the carrier vibrant in its second decade Vueling's Alex Cruz could be forgiven for hoping for a quiet summer following its merger with Clickair Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce believes diversity is the magic ingredient for success for Qantas.
Norweigan chief executive Bjorn Kjos talks about the opportunities arising following the recent round of airline consolidations. Willie Walsh came into British Airways with all guns blazing, aiming to tackle the pension deficit, cut costs and kick the carrier into shape Air China chairman Kong Dong is aiming to tap China's vast potential, heading an ambitious drive to position his carrier among the top 10 airlines in the world. Tiger Airways chief Tony Davis has been grabbing the media spotlight in South-East Asia the airline gears up to export its low-cost business model to Australia.
AirTran's Bob Fornaro paid his way through college on a Lacrosse scholarship where he learnt that to go on the offence is important but so so to is taking advantage of the others mistakes. Idris Jala joined Malaysia Airlines with a remit to turn the carrier's losses into profits. That goal has been met but there still remains a long road ahead. Air France-KLM chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta is well-placed to help write the next chapter of the industry's consolidation story In spite of July's fatal crash and a year of turmoil in the Brazilian airline sector, TAM's Marco Antonio Bologna is focused on consolidating its market dominance.
Flybe has turned itself from a regional also-ran into a low-fares pioneer. Now chief executive Jim French is taking another big step forward with the acquisition of BA Connect. Republic Airways Holdings Bryan bedford talks about how his near-invisible airline is firmly staking its claim in the USA's domestic market upheaval. In the five years since its launch, Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways has expanded at a staggering pace. Chief executive James Hogan explains why he believes Etihad will achieve its huge ambitions. Virgin America's David Cush, Virgin Blue's Brett Godfrey and Virgin Atlantic's Steve Ridgway talk about the Virgin group.



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