Willie Walsh - International Airlines Group


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All our companies performed well. Our commercial performance was good despite underlying disruption from severe weather and terrorism.feedback
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Oct 27 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Willie Walsh is associated, including Ryanair and Aer Lingus. Most recently, Willie Walsh has been quoted saying: “With Monarch, I think everybody's interested in slots at Gatwick, and that would be principally our interest as well (...) If we can get more slots at Gatwick, we'll certainly be looking for more.” in the article BA owner IAG interested in failed airline Monarch's Gatwick slots - CEO.
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Jun 05 2017

I don't believe there is a correlation with businesses trying to improve their efficiency.feedback

Jun 05 2017

The facts as we know them are quite clear. Every industry looks at improving their efficiency. Any industry that doesn't look for improvements will go out of business.feedback

Jun 05 2017

Clearly there are incidents that are damaging to our reputation from time to time. We recover from these, we work hard to recover. This is an industry that has to be competitive and provide services that our customers want. Where we don't do that we suffer. We will continue to work to make sure that we satisfy our customers every day, every week, every month of the year. I am not going to deny this is damage to us. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. But we have recovered from worse.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Mexico

We have commissioned an independent company to conduct full investigation, it will be peer reviewed and we will be happy to disclose details.feedback

Jun 05 2017

If you look at the advances in technology – trillions of dollars invested in new aircraft, lounges and equipment – there needs to be balance about the changes that are beneficial to business and consumers and those that are regarded as retrograde. We invest a lot of money in new aircraft, we've got to fund that through profitability.feedback

Jun 05 2017

You could cause a mistake to disconnect the power – it's difficult for me to understand how you can mistakenly reconnect the power. That in itself was a problem that we could have overcome probably in a couple of hours, I don't think it would have led to any cancellations. I wouldn't suggest for one minute we got communications right at BA – we didn't. It's damaged us, but it hasn't destroyed us in any way. We've recovered from worse. The BA brand is incredibly resilient.feedback

Jun 02 2017

Our focus will be on making sure that any of our customers who experienced disruption are satisfied with how we handled things. Clearly we will do everything we can to make up for the disruption that they suffered.feedback

Jun 01 2017

We know what happened but we're still investigating why it happened and that investigation will take some time. The team at British Airways did everything they could in the circumstances to recover the operation as quickly as they could.feedback

Jun 01 2017

In 2018, Level will increase its fleet to five aircraft and we are considering other European bases for the operation.feedback

Jun 01 2017

We understand what happened but are investigating why and that will take some time.feedback

Jun 01 2017

I think the team under the leadership of [BA chief executive] Alex Cruz has done everything possible to get it back to flying a full schedule as quickly as possible. We know the cause of the problem. It was not about IT. The problem was caused by the failure of electricity power to the IT systems.feedback

May 26 2017 - Lufthansa

We're prepared to take some short-term pain to get some long-term structural change in that relationship.feedback

May 05 2017

We are looking at additional aircraft for Level at this stage for 2018. So you should expect two, maybe three more aircraft entering the fleet and launching in at least one new European city.feedback

Apr 11 2017

This is just the start. In summer 2018 we will have more aircraft and will operate more destinations from Barcelona. We're also planning to expand Level operations to other European cities.feedback

Mar 20 2017

Level is an exciting new IAG airline brand which will bring a stylish and modern approach to flying at prices that are even more affordable.feedback

Mar 20 2017

This is just the start. We're really excited about the opportunities for expansion and we plan to bring Level to other European destinations.feedback

Feb 24 2017

I've always said we'll compete with Norwegian. The difference between Norwegian and us is we're profitable. The fares that they've launched are clearly just designed to get some headline media coverage. They're not sustainable.feedback

Feb 24 2017

For the full year, it was a good performance in a challenging environment.feedback

Feb 24 2017

We think that's going to be a great aircraft, and we're looking at it. We have options on the aircraft. We think there's an opportunity to consider quite a number of destinations that we wouldn't consider possible with ... larger aircraft.feedback

Feb 08 2017

This is the start of something that will be a significant part of IAG...We think Barcelona is a great place to start. It's good to see how consumers have responded to the customer proposition that he (Norwegian CEO Bjoern Kjos) has put in the market and that's encouraged us to look at doing different things.feedback

Nov 04 2016 - Ryanair

We continue to have dialogue with Ryanair at Dublin. Personally, I see no reason why we can't reach a sensible commercial agreement with Ryanair.feedback

Oct 28 2016

We're probably seeing some evidence of it having bottomed out.feedback

Sep 08 2016 - Lufthansa

If we can facilitate that for the customers in a way that makes sense that doesn't increase our costs or complexity ... then we want to do it.feedback

Sep 08 2016 - Lufthansa

I think there are airlines out there that would like to be consolidated into a larger group, I get calls from a lot of them.feedback

Feb 26 2016

Clearly it will a challenging environment but the good news is that we're very confident in terms of our performance.feedback

Feb 02 2016

We will not stay in London City at the levels we are today if these charges increase. Quite honestly the margins we make at London City would not support any increase in charges.feedback

May 27 2015 - Ryanair

Acquiring Aer Lingus would add a fourth competitive, cost-effective airline to IAG, enabling us to develop our network using Dublin.feedback

May 27 2015 - Ryanair

We're hopeful that Ryanair will see this as an attractive offer for their stake in Aer Lingus and we will wait to see what Ryanair and the Ryanair board says in response to this.feedback

May 27 2015 - Ryanair

They've (Ryanair) been absolutely consistent throughout in stating that the board of Ryanair would consider any offer if and when the offer was made. I'm sure they will wait to see the formal offer documentation and give that documentation very careful consideration.feedback

Mar 20 2010

There are no hawks in BA. The only thing that flies in BA are our aircraft. Those aircraft will continue to fly through this period of industrial action.feedback

Mar 19 2010

I deeply regret any inconvenience to the customers of British Airways. But I would like to make it clear that tens of thousands of BA people stand ready to serve our customers, and BA will be flying tomorrow, and will continue to fly through these periods of industrial action.feedback

Dec 15 2009

Over the next couple of days we're going to look at whatever steps we can take. We will look at our options to take operational changes, industrial relations options and clearly we will look to our legal options as well, to see if there's anything we can do to avoid or reduce the impact of this strike.feedback

Nov 13 2009

It's clear that when you put two companies together in a group structure like this that you can make savings in back office activities and as part of the core synergies that we have identified.feedback

Jun 17 2009 - Ryanair

There's no way, absolutely no way, this business will exist in two years' time if people look at it as a temporary downturn. This business will not survive.feedback

Aug 01 2008

British Airways is moving into a period of loss. It can do very little about it but to take out capacity and to increase the fares that consumers pay. So, it is not a good news story and there is a lot of problems to face ahead.feedback

Aug 01 2008

This is the worst trading environment the industry has ever faced.feedback

Jan 17 2008

British Airways is cooperating fully with that investigation.feedback

May 18 2007

I apologise and I find it deeply regrettable that the policies we have in place were breached. We have not overcharged, the fuel surcharges that are in place are directly related to the price of fuel.feedback

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