FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6760 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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Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 69
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6732 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...
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6724 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.
Legacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6715 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 .......
BDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6707 times:
- 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.
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DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1013 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6690 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.
CORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6633 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!
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...
NZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6336 times:
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.