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BA: Eddington Leaving?

Sun Jan 23, 2005 5:56 pm

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.

Any bets on his successor?
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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Sun Jan 23, 2005 7:38 pm

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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Mon Jan 24, 2005 3:18 am

There was an article over here (Aust) a few weeks ago with him, stating that he will be returning to Perth I think where he was born to lead a less hectic life.

He said that he had had enough.
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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Mon Jan 24, 2005 3:26 am

Apparantly his pets have been shipped out already
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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:42 am

There was talk months ago of him scouting for a place to live and shipping his family back to Oz.
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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:11 am

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.
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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:35 pm

Of course Rod will be returning Down Under - he's already handed over Oz/NZ and much of Asia on a plate to Qantas whilst at BA  Pissed

The sooner the better - I say!
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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:59 am


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....
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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:21 am

I can think of 1 'about-to-be' unemployed Irishman ex EI who could be an interesting addition to the BA team!
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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 6:18 am


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)...
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RE: BA: Eddington Leaving?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 6:22 am

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...  Innocent

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