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Willie Walsh's Pilot Career  
User currently offlineGulfstream650 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 539 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6713 times:

I've read that Mr Walsh was a pilot with Aer Lingus and joined their cadet scheme when he was 17 but I have some questions:

- What aircraft did he fly?
- How long did he fly with Aer Lingus and did he fly with any other airline?
- Does he still fly today and is their any chance of seeing him fly a BA plane? (prob too busy)
- Does he fly himself privately in general aviation?

Are there any other Airline CEO's that were ex pilots?


I don't proclaim to be the best pilot in the world but I'm safe
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User currently offlineSimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 922 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6659 times:

I don't know the answers regarding Willie Walsh, but I can think of a few other current pilot CEOs.
-Gordon Bethune, Continental: had an ATP and I believe flew the first delivered 767-400ER?
-Gerard Arpey, American: PPL at least

Also of interest: King Hussein of Jordan flew for Royal Jordanian.


User currently offlineBramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6648 times:



Quoting Gulfstream650 (Thread starter):
- What aircraft did he fly?
- How long did he fly with Aer Lingus and did he fly with any other airline?
- Does he still fly today and is their any chance of seeing him fly a BA plane? (prob too busy)
- Does he fly himself privately in general aviation?

Think it was B737, he rose to captain so probaly 10-15 years.
No flying at moment....stopped when he became flight ops mangment
No.


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12593 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6597 times:

As far as I'm aware, it was just 737s; I recall, before he became CEO, there was an EI billboard ad showing a 737 and naming the pilot as Capt. William Walsh!

He was quite young when he became a captain too; 29, I think.


User currently offlineGulfstream650 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6375 times:



Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 1):
Also of interest: King Hussein of Jordan flew for Royal Jordanian.

Interesting, I knew flies military a/c. The Sultan of Brunei also flies Royal Brunei heavy metal from time to time I believe.



I don't proclaim to be the best pilot in the world but I'm safe
User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3927 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6322 times:



Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 1):
Also of interest: King Hussein of Jordan flew for Royal Jordanian.

As an aside, his wife (quite the attractive lady) apparently designed the latest version of the RJ livery.

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 3):
He was quite young when he became a captain too; 29, I think.

Quite young when he become CEO of EI, but he worked as CEO of Futura for 4 years, I think. FUA was still owned by EI at than point, of course.

Brian.



Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
User currently offlineEarlyNFF From Germany, joined Sep 2007, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6270 times:



Quoting Gulfstream650 (Reply 4):
The Sultan of Brunei also flies Royal Brunei heavy metal from time to time I believe.

No need to fly Royal Brunei. He flies his own fleet of VIP airliners, biggest is a B744.


User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2188 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

There is actually an article in tonights evening herald regarding the possible merger of BA & QF (only in the paper because both airlines CEO's are Dubliners). Has a small bit of info which says he joined Aer Lingus as a cadet pilot in 1978 & was made a captain in 1990.

User currently offlineTwa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3129 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6120 times:

Wasnt the CEO of TWA at one point also an acting pilot, flying every once in awhile?

Can someone confirm that?

'902



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User currently offlineGulfstream650 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6080 times:



Quoting EarlyNFF (Reply 6):
No need to fly Royal Brunei. He flies his own fleet of VIP airliners, biggest is a B744.

And I think he often flies them himself too.



I don't proclaim to be the best pilot in the world but I'm safe
User currently offlineChapavaeaa From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5884 times:



Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 1):
Gerard Arpey, American: PPL at least

Gerard Arpey has (at least a year ago or so) a couple of private planes in a hangar near mine...a light single and a light twin. He used to get out on a regular basis and shoot touch and go's on the weekends.


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5839 times:



Quoting Twa902fly (Reply 8):
Wasnt the CEO of TWA at one point also an acting pilot, flying every once in awhile?

Yes - I forget his name (was CEO in the late '90s) but he was an MD-80 Captain - I think he did one flight a month (one take-off/landing) to keep current.


User currently offlineRobffm2 From Germany, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 1124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5609 times:

The CEO of TAM David Barioni Neto is an active pilot.

I believe it was written into his contract that he would pilot some scheduled flights from time to time.

Actually he did the delivery flight of one of TAM's new 777 from Seattle to Sao Paulo. On TAM's inflight IFE there is a nice video of this, and here is the link to youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUFsFmmqvMY
[i]O Presidente da TAM, Comandante David Barioni Neto, volta para o Brasil pilotando o primeiro Boeing 777-300 ER retirado direto da fábrica da Boeing em Seattle/USA.[/]


Rob


User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5565 times:



Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 1):
Also of interest: King Hussein of Jordan flew for Royal Jordanian.

His father the late King Hussein also flew the Jordanian Royal Flight Tristar that was in basic Royal Jordanian livery.
There is also an aviation connection with the late Kings wife Queen Noor. She was born Lisa Halaby, an American who's father was the former CEO of Pan-Am. She was an Architect who met the late king while designing Amman International Airport!

Dave(SAAB900)


User currently offlineNZaholic From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2008, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5528 times:

As this has gone off thread from talking purely about Willie Walsh, to other airline CEO who fly, I'm surprised no-one has mentioned Niki Lauda yet.

Used to fly the line quite a bit on the 737 and 767 going back a few years IIRC


User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5457 times:



Quoting NZaholic (Reply 14):
I'm surprised no-one has mentioned Niki Lauda yet.

How could I forget the great Mr Lauda, being both an aviation & F1 fan that I am!  Wink I think he was also qualified on the B777 as well! Now he has changed to Airbus & is both qualified on the A320/1! I believe that he still takes charge of some flights like he did with Lauda Air to keep his ratings current!

Dave(SAAB900)


User currently offlineTommyBP251b From Germany, joined Apr 2006, 460 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5293 times:



Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 15):
I believe that he still takes charge of some flights like he did with Lauda Air to keep his ratings current!

Correct!

He was the PIC when my girlfriend flew IBZ-VIE with NIKI.

Regards Tom



Tom from Cologne
User currently offlineDano1977 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Jun 2008, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5240 times:

Didn't Richard Branson hold some sort of Commercial licence?


I'm sure i heard somewhere he took time to fly one of his 747's from time to time, or was that more spin from the Virgin publicity dept?



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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12593 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5225 times:



Quoting Dano1977 (Reply 17):
Didn't Richard Branson hold some sort of Commercial licence?

No, he never did.

Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 1):
Also of interest: King Hussein of Jordan flew for Royal Jordanian.

He may have flown their aircraft, or aircraft in their livery (such as the L1011), but he was never actually a line pilot for RJ.

His widow, Lisa, was a daughter of the late Najeeb Halaby, a former FAA administrator and senior PA executive; he was a pilot and was qualified on the 747, among other types.


User currently offlineGulfstream650 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5053 times:



Quoting Robffm2 (Reply 12):
Actually he did the delivery flight of one of TAM's new 777 from Seattle to Sao Paulo. On TAM's inflight IFE there is a nice video of this, and here is the link to youtube

Fantastic video, thanks for posting. Must be nice for airlines to have top brass that the other employees can relate to.



I don't proclaim to be the best pilot in the world but I'm safe
User currently offlineIFlyATA From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 242 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4961 times:



Quoting Gulfstream650 (Thread starter):
Are there any other Airline CEO's that were ex pilots?

George Mikelsons, ATA's founder and CEO for a number of years, was a pilot for Voyager 1000 (a travel club) and routinely flew ATA flights in the early days. He also flew troops home at the end of the first Gulf War, being the first airplane to land back on U.S. soil bringing troops back from the Gulf...landed the L1011 in BGR.



ATA - an honestly different airline.
User currently offlineChapavaeaa From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4928 times:

Ed Daly, World Airways I believe was 727 rated.

User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4836 times:



Quoting Twa902fly (Reply 8):
Wasnt the CEO of TWA at one point also an acting pilot, flying every once in awhile?

Can someone confirm that?

When Howard Hughes ran TWA he'd pop in now and then and fly a Constellation flight now and then. He always wanted a grilled cheese sandwich and glass of milk ready before each flight, but he never ate any of them!


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4831 times:

The CEO of Cape air is current on the 402 in the left seat.

Hunter



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