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Best and Worst Commercial Airline CEO?  
User currently offlineMGB80 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6399 times:

Who in your opinion ,either current or past, is the best commercial airline CEO?
Who is the worst?

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User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6383 times:

Joint best
- Willy Walsh, turned EI around from huge losses to huge profits!  thumbsup 
- Michael O'Leary, turned FR into one of the most profitable airlines in the world!  thumbsup 



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6378 times:

Best by Test

Gordon Bethune . . .



[Edited 2005-08-13 23:22:12]

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6372 times:

The worst, without a doubt, was Frank Lorenzo. He destroyed Eastern & a few others by merging them into Continental. EA didn't merge, but died nevertheless. The best were CR Smith & Robert Crandall of American. Gordon Bethune of Continental has proven to be a great CEO as well, even tho he retired way too soon. All IMHO. Regards.


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6344 times:

The best, while I don't really like the airline, can only be one person - the man who turned around an essentially bankrupt airline and made it into one of the most important, well managed and respected airlines...

Jürgen Weber
CEO of Lufthansa from 1991 to 2003



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User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6336 times:

Worst - Frank Lorenzo: he ruined every airline that he was assoicated with.

Best - Gordon: CO was an absolute mess when he took over and turned it around. While Gordon is controversial, he is atleast an "airline guy" in that he knows and like airplanes, many airlines these days are run by accountants and finance men and women who have no real connection with aviation.


User currently offlineLegacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6327 times:

Brugisser only used three or four year to destroy Swissair. The end of Swissair was also the beginning of a "black period" in Swiss aviation that still goes on. When he took over, Swissair had some 5'000'000'000 .-- CHF cash and only a little while after .......

P.S. 1 US$ = 1.25 CHF


User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6319 times:

Worst
- James Hogan. Seems to be doing well now he's with GF but when he was with BD no-one trusted him and he's almost personally responsible for setting the company on a path which has led directly to the situation that the company now finds itself in.  thumbsdown 



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6315 times:

Where's Juan Trippe rating these days???  Silly

User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 971 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6302 times:

Herb Kellher... did more than taking a poor airline to a good airline, took three aircraft, fought off hostile market forces, and made the single largest domestic airline in the U.S. His model of opperation has also been copied far and wide around the world, more so than any other airline buisness model.

User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6245 times:

The best airline CEO is: David Neeleman-started out with Morris Air proving what we know now...highest quality airline service combined with new and improved technology and of course low fares will make an airline successful. Then went on to help launch perhaps Canada's most popular LCC which is, yes you guess it, WestJet. And of course the biggest of his accomplishments being jetBlue. Began the airline with a huge capital and in only five years they have grown tremendously and are hugely successful and continue to expand as we speak. The list of his accomplishments goes on and on...truly remarkable.

Best CEO + great, thoughtout business plan + accurate and best "airline formula"= the successful jetBlue!  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlinePositiverate From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6233 times:

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 8):
Where's Juan Trippe rating these days???

An ever better topic of discussion would be to speculate on how guys like Trippe would have done in a deregulated industry. Lest we forget, a lot of his success was because of his ability to work Congress and the regulated CAB of the time...


User currently offlineHPA320 From Mexico, joined Jul 2004, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

Well, if the HP/US Merger works out, then...

Doug Parker is.




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User currently offlinePipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6136 times:
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Worst: Brugisser, ex SR
One of the best: Fernando Pinto, of TP, which transformed a financial disaster to a profitable airline!



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User currently offlineN867BX From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6114 times:

Best: Donald Nyrop.........................................................................

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8234 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6100 times:

Best: tie- Kelleher and Bethune

Worst: tie- Lorenzo and Wolfe

[Edited 2005-08-14 04:49:46]


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User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6060 times:

Best: Gordon Bethune

Worst: Frank Lorenzo



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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4882 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6012 times:

No mention of Milton at AC... interesting

YOWza



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8452 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6000 times:
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My vote for worst goes to Coleman Andrews for what he did to SAA, although the current CEO Khaya Ngqula is doing his damnedest to surpass him...


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User currently offlineEuclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5958 times:

Andz beat me to this, but he said exactly what I was going to say.

Regards


User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5948 times:

My favourites:

Herb Kelleher, David Neeleman and Ralph Norris (Air NZ).
Their common philosophy of putting their staff first is a key to the success of their respective airlines. They've proven that it works, it's not rocket science and it's a pity a lot of other companies don't follow suit.  Smile


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7093 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5912 times:

Don'y know about the worst but the best CEO is by far Ralph Norris IMHO. He virtually turned NZ around into a profitable carrier from its gloomy days in 2001/2002.

User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5913 times:

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 1):
Willy Walsh, turned EI around from huge losses to huge profits!

Rod Edington did the same for BA , so he would be my choice as best CEO

Happy Flying !!  wave 



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User currently offlineFlyerBoyEK From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5899 times:

Best...

Gordon Bethune

Worst...

Frank Lorenzo

And my opinon on Glenn at UA you my ask? He has good intentions, but he needs to win over his employees before he does anything else.

[Edited 2005-08-14 17:18:27]

User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4511 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5879 times:

Well not exactly CEO, but I'd say Carl Icahn ranks amongst some of the worst.

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 22):
Rod Edington did the same for BA , so he would be my choice as best CEO

Lord King must take some credit, no?



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25 Burnsie28 : BEST: Continentals current CEO WORST: BY FAR IS DOUG STEENLAND, DOESNT HAVE A CLUE!!!
26 Cruiser : After reading his book, I would put him in the best category. AC would certainly be worst off if he was not at the healm. James
27 Post contains images Sabena332 : Best: Ryanair's Michael O'Leary. He is running a very succesful airline and he has a great humor, I really like this guy. Worst: Lufthansa's Wolfang H
28 FlyerBoyEK : Larry Kellner?
29 Post contains images MD11junkie : Best CEO: Lord King Gerald Grinstein Antonio Mata Worst: Glenn Tilton... Cheers! Gastón - The MD-11 Junkie
30 Post contains images FlyerBoyEK : While I am partial to United, and they are my favorite airline, I can see where you are coming from. Like I said before, Glenn does have good intenti
31 Post contains images MD11junkie : I love UA, and I don't want her to go under. That's why I don't like him, and being the best paid CEO in the Airline Industry in the US makes me like
32 BCAL : How would Sir Freddie Laker be rated? Although Laker UK did go bust, and some critics say it was because of Sir Freddie's over-ambitious expansion pla
33 Post contains images GhostRider : I must say, although Lorenzo was a pretty bad guy, if it wasn't for him Continental would not be the size it is today, nor would it be based in Housto
34 Boeing Nut : Carl Ichan should have an honorable mention for the worst.
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