TR763 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 785 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5875 times:
It would be Varig!
I'd ask Bill Gates to GIVE me something around 20 Billion Dollars (I know he would! ), then I'd pay all of RG's debts, retire all of their aircraft, except for two 777 (PP-VRA/B) and two 737-700 (PR-SAF/G).
Then I'd get 60 737-700, 30 737-800, order 10 787-9, 5 787-8 and 8 777-200ER.
I'd change all the interiors, putting PTVs with AVOD and all the most modern of IFE, installed in some Etihad's (777-300ER) style economy class seats in ALL aircraft.
The 737 would have 2 classes, and the 787 and 777 wolud have 3 classes with suites in first and bed style in business class, not lie-flat with inclined seats (like LH).
The Smiles program would continue the same.
TransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5870 times:
I'd buy out the current Pan Am and restore the Blue Ball to its old glory. But first, I'm going to steal the gold reserves of the industrialised world... (Please, don't tip off the guys at Fort Knox that I'm coming! )
I'm an aviation expert. I have Sky Juice for breakfast.
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7698 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5853 times:
NW, turn it around, I would run the Southwest ad from the 70's the "Remember what it was like before Southwest" with some passengers saying, yeah, we actually got great service, good food, a ton of aminities and airlines were profitable. Take NW way back to its roots with onboard service and such. WN the airline that destroyed what airlines should be.
"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6558 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5829 times:
Redo Dragonair and upgrade the size of planes used - 787s or something. Merge it into the CX fleet and expand to more Asian destinations, possibly even to Australia. Interlink some cities rather than just base everything in HKG. Widen the cargo network with some 748F orders and upgrade their seats and IFE. Make a few round-the-world flights - HKG-LAX-LHR-HKG for example. Haha doubt whether there will be enough funds for this!
NWDC10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5819 times:
QX! I would go with Q400's all the way. If there is a Q500, i'd buy that for sevice like SEA-GEG, SEA-BOI etc. Serve heavy West Coast especially in California. I'd hedge fuel. I would lease out the Q200's, not sell. I'd work as close as possible with management/labor. I'd get deeper into the small package/air cargo market. Robert NWDC10
Sorry to steal your thunder but I'd also want to buy out Iberia.
I'd make some modifications to the fleet and upgrade the economy product on the long-haul aircraft. I'd also make sure that each aircraft in the fleet was washed at least once a month!
With the long-haul fleet I'd replace the 18 A340-300s with 14 A330-200s and order six more A340-600s. With the short-haul fleet I'd retire the MD-87/88s as well as the 757-200s. I'd order more A319s and order some A318s.
The economy product would be updated by adding PTV's with AVOD.
BA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5759 times:
Merge it with the other oneworld members and merge with Emirates. Then begin to replace aircraft that are getting on a bit using Emirates turnover. Make the new group of airlines world conquering with the best service and the best aircraft. Use the old aircraft to form a leasing company. Buy out various low cost airlines from each oneworld country and utilise them on profitable short haul routes, replacing the oneworld carriers economy class. Then for the short haul business destinations or the popular luxury destinations configure A318's to WTP, CW and First. Leave long haul as it is unless low-cost long haul becomes popular in which case I would use the same philosophy.
Hire me for your new airline and let ME fire Menzies, PLEASE!!
I was on a flight last weekend and was watching those boneheads at "work". One guy had another in a headlock and was pretending to punch him in the face , while another co-worker drove off in one of those luggage transports and ran over two traffic cones.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10291 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5752 times:
I'd want a profitable one and not do anything other than let the current management do what they are doing correctly. So good options would be British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Singapore Airlines or Qantas since they are some of the most profitable airlines in the world. I'd stay as far away from owning an airline in North America as possible.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5715 times:
Quoting SkyTaxi (Reply 15): Hire me for your new airline and let ME fire Menzies, PLEASE!!
[TRUMP] You're Hired! [/TRUMP]
Quoting SkyTaxi (Reply 15): I was on a flight last weekend and was watching those boneheads at "work". One guy had another in a headlock and was pretending to punch him in the face , while another co-worker drove off in one of those luggage transports and ran over two traffic cones.
Idiots!! I too have witnessed such idiocy. It's only a matter of time before they start playing 'dodge the suction' in front of an engine as it spools up and someone gets sucked in.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6816 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5628 times:
I would much rather start small..
I'd buy Florida Coastal Airways.. it has a small fleet of simple aircraft that could turn a good profit... change the name to Phenix Airways.. non-unionized.. LEAN staffing/spare parts, etc... paid upgrade to BizClass only.. no FF program (overate and not necessary).. Free meals.. Dual boarding via airstairs for 170 & 190..
I would change the fleet to:
20 Cessna 402C (Point-to-Point flights out of MIA, Outer Banks)
5 Embraer 145 (Point-to-Point flights out of EWN, RDU, SAV, ILG, etc)
10 Embraer 170AR (Point-to-Point flights out of RDU, PVD, ORF, HPN, MSY, NAS, etc)
8 Embraer 190AR. (Point-to-Point flights out of RDU, MIA, PVD, etc)