Stephen Kavanagh, who is to step down as  Aer Lingus  chief executive at the end of the month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If Stephen Kavanagh was anymore down to earth he’d be subterranean. The Dubliner is as unassuming as they come, particularly among the officer ranks (...)

 The avaiation industry is “a proper paddy party” and  Tallaght’s Alan Joyce is on course for a decade at the helm at Qantas. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Ideally, green neckties would be banned. They rarely look good; slime-coloured fashion crimes slithering down the front of their wearers’ shirts. St P(...)

Christoph Mueller: Malaysia Airlines is “technically bankrupt” and floundering after the loss of two aircraft.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The two immediate past chief executives of Aer Lingus, Christoph Mueller and Dermot Mannion, were both prominent this week at the Capa Australia Pacif(...)

Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus’s new chief executive officer. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography/PA Wire

Stephen Kavanagh will be the first Aer Lingus insider to take the helm at the former flag carrier since it appointed Willie Walsh, who now heads Inter(...)

International Airlines Group chief executive Willie Walsh: covets Aer Lingus’s 23 Heathrow slot pairs and more transatlantic traffic. Photograph: Alan Betson

So Willie Walsh wants to acquire Aer Lingus, despite numerous protestations to the contrary over the past nine years. His timing looks good. Aer Lingu(...)