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REVIEW: A look back at our top 5 CEO interviews of 2016

IAG, Willie Walsh

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FlightGlobal interviewed IAG chief executive Willie Walsh for the June issue of Flight Airline Business, before the UK had voted for Brexit and Qatar Airways had increased its stake in the group. Walsh talked about plans for the British Airways parent as Aer Lingus was settling in.

Hainan Airlines, XIE Haoming

FlightGlobal spoke to Hainan Airlines’ then-president Xie Haoming for the September issue of Flight Airline Business. He talked about the Chinese carrier’s efforts to find international growth amid the country’s slot restrictions. Xie has since been promoted to the role of chairman.

Southwest Airlines, Gary Kelly

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FlightGlobal spoke to Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly for the October issue of Flight Airline Business, as he tried to keep the carrier true to its fundamental beliefs while implementing change. He also faced uncertainties over contract ratifications for flight attendants and pilots.

Qantas, Alan Joyce

FlightGlobal spoke to Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce for the April issue of Flight Airline Business as the carrier was nearing the announcement of record full-year profits amid its transformation programme. Growth expectations had to be reined in slightly as 2016 drew to a close.

KLM, Pieter Elbers

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FlightGlobal spoke to KLM chief executive Pieter Elbers for the November issue of Flight Airline Business as he continued to find a profitable path for the Dutch carrier. He talks about looking for mutually beneficial ground in KLM’s sometimes difficult relationship with Air France.

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