Thursday 25 February 2021 6:39 pm

Ireland's Aer Lingus appoints IAG Cargo head as new CEO

Ireland’s shamrock flag carrier, Aer Lingus, appointed Lynne Embleton as it’s new chief executive, the airline confirmed this evening.

Embleton will take up the post of CEO on 6 April, replacing Donal Moriarty, who served as interim chief executive since October 2020

Embleton began her career at British Airways in 1992, and has served as chief executive of IAG Cargo since 2017.

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The announcement comes as the Irish government made an offer to ensure the airline’s survival during the pandemic. Aer Lingus secured a $183.5m three-year loan from Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund, after being hit by the non-essential travel ban in Ireland, which cut demand for the airline.

Speaking to Travel Weekly, IAG chief executive Luis Gallego thanked Embleton’s predecessor for “an excellent job during the most challenging year in the airline’s history”.

“Lynne has huge experience within the Group. At IAG Cargo she has led the company as it adapted rapidly to the Covid-19 pandemic. She has the skills to lead Aer Lingus through the pandemic and enable it to emerge in a strong competitive position,” he concluded.

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