Ireland a top breeding ground for airline chief executives worldwide
The prestigious New York-based Wings Club for aviation professionals will convene in Dublin next March and will have plenty of Irish airline chiefs to choose from for its guest speaker.
The club, which dates back to the end of World War Two, comes to Ireland every few years and these meetings reflect the number of Irish people who are now running and playing a central role in airlines across the globe.
In 2009, Alan Joyce, who runs Australia's Qantas, was the star turn. "There must be something in the water -- or the Guinness because there's certainly a very special Irish connection with aviation," he said.