Scotron11 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1178 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1490 times:
Observer has a little tidbit that BA will be holding their New Year party next week and it may be Rod Eddington's last. They say he has always said privately he would do the job for 5 years and that period is nearly up.
Thinking is that he will either go back to Australia to raise his two young children or go over to the US, as he is a non-exec director of News Corp.
I think he has done quite a good job with BA and they will be sorry to see him go.
Whitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1108 times:
This is hardly news. Eddington has publicly stated his intention to return down under, and that he did not intend being in his post longterm. It's only making the newspapers now as the date of his departure approaches.
There has also been some leakage from BA people that a successor has been informally chosen. So there will be a relatively seamless transfer at the top of BA.
Rod leaves BA a lot healthier than he found it, and for that at least he deserves praise. It's not been the easiest of projects to manage but Future Size and Shape has at least delivered less debt and operating profits in a turbulent industry.
Rtfm From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 396 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 860 times:
Errr.... BA stopped flying to NZ long before Eddington joined. KUL also stopped pre-Eddington and I am pretty sure PER as well. Since he joined BA has re-started MEL and operates more flight to SIN and HKG. Oh and just announced they will be starting PVG in the summer...
On the flip side there are now more QF codes on BA flights into UK & European destinations ex-LHR so I hardly see his tenure as being one of handing over to QF....
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2916 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 792 times:
Rod Eddington joined BA May 2000.
British Airways axed the following routes in Asia-Pacific...
Perth July 1, 2000
Jakarta Winter 2000
Kuala Lumpur March 2001
and since then, Manila, Taipei, Seoul, Nagoya, Osaka off the top of my head. I think Fukuoka was also on that list - but could be wrong.
The growth on the trunk Kangaroo routes, whilst true, has actually seen Qantas grow much further than BA - which is only operating only a few more flights than they did a few years ago - compared with Qantas' growth on the same routes.
Similarly, the access that QF has had into the European market has not really been reciprocated in Asia-Pacific/Australasia region. Heck - BA still code-shares with Cathay Pacific on the London-(HKG)-KUL route (for example)! I don't see any BA codes on QF flights between HKG and SYD (as another example)...
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2916 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 779 times:
I also forgot to mention that just prior to the close down of many of these stations, British Airways transferred their new 'much marketed as teamwork' joint British Airways-Qantas travel shops and management to Qantas managers...