Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2011

Padraig O'Ceidigh and Aer Arann: Building a Business in the Context of a Life

by Janet J. Kraus and Shirley Spence

Abstract

In April 2010, the eruption of a volcano wreaked havoc in the airline industry and placed Aer Arann on the bring of liquidation. For founder, sole owner and chairman Padraig O'Ceidigh, the airline has been a personal as well as business passion. The case provides a number of options for addressing the crisis. It also places the story in the context of Padraig's life journey and search for multi-dimensional success.

Keywords: Natural Disasters; Crisis Management; Air Transportation; Entrepreneurship; Management Teams; Business or Company Management; Success; Decision Making; Air Transportation Industry; Republic of Ireland;

Citation:

Kraus, Janet J., and Shirley Spence. "Padraig O'Ceidigh and Aer Arann: Building a Business in the Context of a Life." Harvard Business School Case 811-072, March 2011.