After a great holiday in Australia, it is back to reality today and back to work in Madrid. Caught up with a number of current and ex Qantas people whilst in Sydney, and there was no shortage of airline news happening whilst I was there. John Borghetti who missed on out on the QF CEO role recently when it went to Alan Joyce was announced as the new CEO of Virgin Blue. Darren Peasley departed QF and is headed to Etihad – a while ago he running the call centres in Sydney. And the highly regarded CFO Colin Storrie also announced his resignation from Qantas; both from his CFO role and from the board of directors.

Highlight of the trip (apart from the family wedding I attended) was going yachting on Sydney Harbour with a few ex Qantas execs and talking airline social networking and other hot topics whilst knocking back a few cans of Victoria Bitter. Now I’ve got a lot to catch up on over the next week, but it was great to see that search engine traffic to this blog and subscriber numbers stayed pretty static despite not posting anything for a long time – and nice also to a see a Spanish language blog picking up on one of my better posts of recent times. Always good to get the word on innovation in travel search out to a wider audience.