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Meet the CEO of British Airways (London)

+91 Drinks and Networking Reception

Venue: Ashburn Hotel, Kensington, London
Date: Thursday 29th October 7pm prompt start
Guest Speaker: Willie Walsh, CEO, British Airways

Whether travelling for business or pleasure the sight of a British Airways jet has given countless millions a comforting feeling of home wherever they are in the world. The "world's favourite airline" in its previous incarnation as BOAC has been flying to India since Protected content . In those days, the journey took more than a week, including four different aircraft, 20 stops, and passengers spent seven nights in hotels. Believe it or not, the Switzerland to Italy leg of the journey was by train..!

Before the liberalisation of the UK-India aviation market in October Protected content , BA flew 19 times a week to India. Now, services to India have grown to 48 a week, making India BA's second biggest overseas market after the US. It is also a sign of the economic vibrancy of India's cities despite the global downturn.

Willie Walsh, CEO, British Airways, will discuss the following topics, amongst others:

- British Airways' 80 year history in India;
- Future plans for British Airways in India;
- How the airline industry will emerge from the current global crisis;
- The challenge from low cost carriers;
- Airlines and the environment.

Willie Walsh joined British Airways as chief executive officer (CEO) designate on May 3, Protected content assumed full CEO responsibilities on October 1 after the retirement of Sir Rod Eddington. Prior to joining British Airways, Willie was CEO at Aer Lingus. Faced with bankruptcy and heavy losses, Willie radically restructured the airline and this culminated in it posting an €107 million profit in Protected content , making Aer Lingus the most profitable state-owned airline in the western world.

Born in Protected content Dublin, Willie joined Aer Lingus in Protected content a cadet pilot and worked his way through the ranks to become a captain in Protected content . He began his move to management in Protected content he fulfilled various roles in the flight operations department. He completed a Master of Science in Management and Business Administration at Dublin’s Trinity College in Protected content .

Come and join CEO's, corporate executives, professionals, and the media from across UK, Europe and India for drinks, canapés and a networking reception.

Cost: All Internations Members £ Protected content
The ticket price includes drinks and canapes (wine, beer, soft drinks)

For further information and to register online for this event, please visit Protected content and click on the Guest Register buttton on the homepage. The number of attendees will be limited and acceptances are on a first come first served basis. All major credit/debit cards are accepted. When payment has been successfully made, you will receive a confirmation email from Pay Pal and your name will be automatically added to the attendee list. Demand for this event will be high. YOU ARE ADVISED TO REGISTER EARLY. NO LAST MINUTE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

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Membership is open to anyone interested in international business. We selected the name +91, as Protected content the international telephone dialling code for India, and a unique identifier of India across the world.

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