The Wings Club Foundation, Inc. has announced it will honor Willie Walsh, International Airlines Group (IAG) Chief Executive Officer with the 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award, the company said.
Acknowledging outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation, The Wings Club Foundation will present this award on October 19, 2018, at the 76th Annual Awards Gala to be held at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.
Willie Walsh became chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) in January 2011, joining from British Airways where he was chief executive from October 2005.
IAG is the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, LEVEL and Vueling. It is one of the world´s largest airline groups with 546 aircraft flying to 279 destinations and carrying more than 105 million passengers each year.
Previous to his role at British Airways, Willie was chief executive of Aer Lingus from October 2001. He joined the airline in 1979 as a cadet pilot and became a captain in 1990 before moving into management roles.
The Wings Club Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its mission is to focus on initiatives aimed at supporting scholarships for students who will pursue a career in aviation or aerospace, providing programs to educate in the field of aviation, and supporting charitable organizations that use aviation to help those in need. The Wings Club Foundation comprises more than 1,300 members including industry leaders, pilots, professionals in related service organizations and students of aviation.