How IndiGo's Aditya Ghosh is the only airline boss still flying Binoy Prabhakar, ET Bureau Jun 3, 2012, 10.31PM IST
(Aditya Ghosh, 36, President, IndiGo
Became general counsel of InterGlobe Group (an aviation and travel services company owned by IndiGo founder Rahul Bhatia) when he was 28 years old. Elevated to president of IndiGo at 32.
Education: History Graduate, Post graduate degree in Law from Delhi University
Family: Married to Manavi, a former headhunter
Children: Avantika and Arunanshu)
One would expect India's airlines, thanks to the business's distinctive capacity for oomph and sexiness, to attract a certain type of cocky businessmen and managers who have a knack for wisecracks and plainspokenness. That has been the case overseas. Take for example what Ryanair's Michael O'Leary had to say about his scheme to charge passengers using the toilet: "If someone wanted to pay £5 to go to the toilet I would carry them there myself. I would wipe their bums." OrDelta Airlines founder CE Woolman's thoughts about his job: "Running an airline is like having a baby: fun to conceive, but hell to deliver." *
* Indian airline bosses have been largely tame in contrast. The most interesting comment from an airline boss for many years was Jet Airways chief Naresh Goyal's startling revelation that his mother arrived in a dream and ordered him to take back sacked pilots. Barbs and witticisms have emanated since from his counterparts, but they have been few and far between.Kingfisher Airlines owner Vijay Mallya last year took a dig at low-cost carrier IndiGo. "...it has been downhill for civil aviation except for one airline that defies the odds and claims to be profitable, however unlikely that may be," he wrote in a memo to employees. SpiceJet CEO Neil Mills too fired barbs at IndiGo. "It is whether you believe fairy tales," he said, referring to reports about IndiGo's much lauded punctuality in an earlier interview with ET on Sunday. "A carrier...
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