As the Covid-19 crisis moves into its second year, Airline Business examines some of the airline chiefs whose success or otherwise will be bellwethers of the industry’s recovery in 2021.

Devastated networks and swingeing cash burn are near-universal themes for airline leaders in 2021, but a number of other important factors are apparent when considering the challenges faced by the 14 chief executives.

Notably, they include the need to rethink pre-pandemic strategies during the recovery period, concerns about travel restrictions, the importance of cargo services, the rise of sustainability as an agenda-topping subject, the future of mega-hubs, industry consolidation, increased government involvement in carriers, and opportunities created by the shake-up of the entire airline sector.