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British Airways boss 'to depart'
Rod Eddington
Mr Eddington successfully guided British Airways post-September 11
British Airways is to part company with boss Rod Eddington later this year, two Sunday newspapers have speculated.

Both the Sunday Times and the Observer have said chief executive Mr Eddington is planning to leave, and that the hunt for his replacement has started.

High on the list as his replacement are said to be Tony Tyler, chief operating officer at Cathay Pacific, and former BMI executive James Hogan.

British Airways declined to comment on the matter.

No announcement on Mr Eddington's future has yet been made.

Job cuts

Internal candidates for his job are said to include BA marketing director Martin George and finance director John Rishton.

There has also been some suggestion that Barbara Cassani, the head of former low-cost carrier Go, may be up for the job.

Go was originally part of BA before being spun off and then bought by Easyjet in 2002.

Mr Eddington became chief executive of BA in May 2000, and steered the airline through the post-September 11 slump in the aviation sector.

He oversaw a restructuring programme that cut flights and 13,000 jobs.

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