An Air India Airbus A320 taxis on the tarmac at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on May 11, 2012. National carrier Air India May 11 suspended passenger bookings for flights to the United States, Europe and Canada because of a strike by pilots. The airline, which was already losing nearly $2 million a day, has been forced to cancel a number of international flights since its pilots began a wildcat strike by reporting in sick on Monday night. (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.