Farnborough International Air Show gears up for aircraft order bonanza
Boeing Chief Executive Ray Conner (L) and Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker wave from the steps of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England, on July 9, 2012. Boeing was set to steal a march over European rival Airbus at the Farnborough airshow which began on Monday, with the US planemaker expected to secure big orders for its new 737 MAX jet. (AFP/Getty Images)
Willie Walsh has always been one of the most outspoken chief executives in the aviation industry but now having steered British Airways and Iberia back into the black, the Irishman is proving there is metal behind his words.