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Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II  
User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5700 posts, RR: 24
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

I decided to revive this thread and heres my answers:

Best:

CR Smith/Bob Six/Don Nyrop/Harris Hanshue/Jack Frye/CE Woolman/Juan Trippe/Bill Patterson
for the founding fathers of the US Airline Industry

Doug Parker

Larry Kellner

Gordon Bethune

J. Ralph Atkin

Robert Crandall

Bill Compton (he tried...)

Richard Branson

Howard Hughes

Terry Drinkwater - For turning Western around in 1949

Harding Lawrence - Both at CO and BN

George Baker of National Airlines I.


Worst:

Carl icahn - Because I worked for TWA and he ROYALLY raped us

Frank Lorenzo - nuff said

Gerry Grinstein/Ron Allen - Allowing Western to die off in Delta's care.

Steenland - nuff said again

Ed Acker/Najeeb Halaby - A bunch of REAL winners here...

Dave Neeleman/Jeff Potter - Personal reasons.


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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5729 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5241 times:

Mr. Tvrdik - Czech Airlines ex-CEO 2003-2005. Political appointee with NO clue about civil aviation who "managed" to bring the airline into deep red numbers in less than two years. What a loser.  thumbsdown   thumbsdown   thumbsdown 

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7557 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5241 times:

Doug Parker is going on my worst list now, hes really trying to screw everyone over now that hes merger happy.


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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5197 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):
Doug Parker is going on my worst list now, hes really trying to screw everyone over now that hes merger happy.

 checkmark   checkmark   checkmark   checkmark   checkmark   checkmark  Thank you!
Way to fu** over Delta, Doug.
Best is definitely Jerry Grinstein. Really helped Delta turnaround from a deep hole. He boosted Delta's service with PTV's, leather seats, and food as well.



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 6588 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5197 times:

Doug Parker is the most GREEDY CEO ever. Definately the worst.

The best: Gerald Grinstien. Stop the evil forces of US Airways!



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5171 times:

Quoting WesternA318 (Thread starter):
Best:



Quoting WesternA318 (Thread starter):
Richard Branson

 rotfl 

The only European airline CEO in your list.

What exactly has Branson done to warrant inclusion on the list? VS was close to bankruptcy twice - once saved by Branson's selling his music interests and the other time saved when SQ brought their 49% stake. Yet VS is still a small airline with less than 40 aircraft and very vulnerable if BII is scrapped. Branson is not known for his generosity, VS staff are poorly paid when compared with their counterparts, so that Branson can swell his family's coffers.

As regards Virgin Blue, this feasted on the corpse of Ansett and its success is attributable to Branson's non-interferrence. The present board has gone on record and said that he never turns up at any board meeting, yet he happily criticises the way the airline is run from his London home.

There are countless other UK airline CEOs who have done far more in a year for civil aviation than Branson over 21 years - e.g. Sir Freddie Laker the real pioneer of low-cost, low-frills airlines and inventor of ad-hoc charters that brought flying to the masses; Lord King of Warnaby who turned BA from a loss-making state-subsidised goliath to one of the most profitable and respected airlines in the world; Sir Adam Thomson who constantly battled for the right of UK independent airlines to be allowed to compete against state-owned enterprises; Stelios who founded U2; Rod Eddington who nursed BA through post 9/11, SARS, competition against LCCs on their home turf and petro-dollar funded middle eastern airlines and subsidised US carriers internationally; Michael O'Leary who transformed FR from a small Irish loss-making airline into Europe's largest LCC; even the CEOs of Monarch, Thomas Cook, First Choice etc deserve more respect and recognition than Branson does.

 duck 



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User currently offlineBridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 716 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

How is Doug the worst CEO ever? Whether or not the DL merger goes through, he's instigated a change in the airline industry. One thing is for sure, nothing will remain status quo now. Consolidation in the airline industry is necessary for airlines to gain back their pricing power. Whether or not you think DL and US are a good match is irrelevant. Doug has the guts to make the first move, in what are sure to be several more moves by other airlines in the coming months. For that, I think Doug Parker should rank up with the best of airline CEOs.

User currently offlineCharger From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5145 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):
Doug Parker is going on my worst list now, hes really trying to screw everyone over now that hes merger happy.



Quoting Evan767 (Reply 3):
Way to fu** over Delta, Doug.



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 4):
Doug Parker is the most GREEDY CEO ever. Definately the worst.

Agree with all of you.


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5121 times:

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 6):
How is Doug the worst CEO ever?

Where have you been for the past three days?? He's looking to purchase Delta and make a company with 75,000 employees while Delta currently employs 65,000 employees. That means huge layoffs! My mother might lose her job with Delta.



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5118 times:

Christian Blanc, CEO of Air France in the '90s. Basically bought the airline from the absolute brink of bankruptcy and introduced many successful measures (the CDG hub, La Navette and the 777s).

Michael O'Leary, you have to admit he managed to create Europe's biggest European LCC out of a tiny Irish Regional carrier.

Herb Kelleher- without him I wouldn't be able to afford half the flights I can these days!


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5700 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5104 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 5):
Sir Freddie Laker the real pioneer of low-cost, low-frills airlines and inventor of ad-hoc charters that brought flying to the masses; Lord King of Warnaby who turned BA from a loss-making state-subsidised goliath to one of the most profitable and respected airlines in the world; Sir Adam Thomson who constantly battled for the right of UK independent airlines to be allowed to compete against state-owned enterprises

My bad, I KNEW I forgot a few! Although, I refuse to recognize the importance of LCC's now.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 8):
He's looking to purchase Delta and make a company with 75,000 employees while Delta currently employs 65,000 employees.

Nothing wrong with that, welcome to a free market. If someone can pony up enough cash to buyout the 2nd most worthless airline in the US, then Im all for it, but then again, with 4200 shares of US stock in pocket, theprice is only going up for US.



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12221 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5099 times:
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Best for NZ would have to be Ralph Norris. Ralph brought NZ back from the verge of going bust to ordering the best aircraft on the market and made his staff proud to work for NZ

User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5088 times:

For me as an Swiss guy it would be the whole old SR bunch.....  box 

Cheers,


User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5082 times:

Doug Parker!!!! The good employees of DL do not deserve to lose there jobs. They were great through the Ch. 11 and always managed a smile. That guy needs to take a few nothches off his belt.
Otherwise Frank Lorenzo of the old CO was an A$$ as well.


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