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Best Airline Comeback  
User currently offlineMckennasmall From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 249 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2920 times:

What do you think is the best airline comeback story. I think of SWISS.

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User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

Whoa, whoa, whoa. LX are not out of the woods yet...
On the contrary, SNBA, formerly Sabena, are now profitable and expanding.
AF was almost dead in the 90's and now part the big 4 in Europe, but that used taxpayers' money, so it doesn't count.
UTA



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User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

I think its either CO or HP. They both have come so far.


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User currently offlineEIDW From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

Aer Lingus' short journey from almost bankrupt to profit and discussions on fleet replacement in 1 year is fairly impressive IMHO.

EIDW.


User currently offlineFraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

Swiss must be meant as a joke.
I'm not sure if they will survive 2004 and don't see any other points in which they did a turnaround.

I would also go with CO and HP.


User currently offlineMckennasmall From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2783 times:

The SWISS thing was a joke, but for real CO

User currently offlineUnited4ever From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

Continental, without a doubt.

Would love to see United join them.

Mike


User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

United4Ever (Mike)

Im holding my breath for UAL..they are still not out of the woods yet.



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User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

GULF AIR

New looks, new identity.



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User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2680 times:

Let's not forget KE, awful brand image after the Sakhalin crash, changed their name, logo and livery and went one to become the airline it is today  Big thumbs up
UTA



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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6207 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

Phillippine Airlines- Miraculous return

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Chepos



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User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1599 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2635 times:

ValuJet: In 1996 grounded by the Feds, horrible reputation, ancient fleet and almost out of cash. Now AirTran is one of the most profitable airlines in the country (300% increase in stock price in 2003), a very high ratio of repeat customers, the youngest all-Boeing fleet in the world and planned 25% per year growth for the next few years.

User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7090 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

Ryanair - from the brink for bankruptcy to worlds most profitable carrier!


The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8061 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

MEA:

Then - they had to fly to a foreign country just to get fuel. Only flew 707s cos they couldn't get insurance. Their home country a burned-out shell.

Now - brand new Airbus fleet, profitable, a byword for good service, food and comfort. Their home country a stylish and revitalised regional oasis.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2150 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

ME, yes
GF? their position is still precarious. Abu Dhabi and Oman would be wise to cut their losses and run.


User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

I would have to go with HP.


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User currently offlineCO737800 From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

I would have to say CO

User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

I'm not convinced that Continental's "Worst to First" story isn't a round trip. I flew almost 80000 miles on them in 2001, dropped steadily to only 2 flights in all of 2003. I noticed a change in attitude after 9/11. If you are not a full Y fare flyer, Gordon's no longer interested in your business. But their initial turnaround was truly amazing...

User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

I'd say Frontier, after all, they came back from the dead, and now look at them! Big grin Okay, okay, so its a completely different airline. . .how about Braniff? No, no, no. . .they're dead. . . again. . .let's see. . .I don't know. . .they all look so good. . .guess I'll take Continental.

But, if United can turn itself around, my answer might be different in a few years.



Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.
User currently offlineAzmi From Lebanon, joined Nov 2003, 111 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

MEA definitely.
If you folks only knew what it had to go through in the past 20 yrs.
Godspeed MEA.



fly all airlines,visit all countries
User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

Ryanair.

I'm not a fan, but an amazing tunaround none the less!


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

I would vote for Continental. True, the AirTran/ValuJet comeback was amazing, but they had to change their name to avoid the massive negative connotations. To me, this isn't a "comeback" per se.

Congrats to all at Continental, especially Gordon Bethune. This man knows how to run an airline.



"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlinePiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

I would choose Continental hands down.

Gordon Bethune took an airline that was the equivalent of a condemned house and turned in into a lovely, respectable, well run, well cared for home. The man does know how to run an airline and my hat is off to him.


User currently offlineCadet93 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

I have to say CO also....But I have noticed the trend to not want to deal with the flyer who shops around and get a cheap fare.......They even added 5 new fare classes to make it more difficult to get elite miles.....If you buy online this year they all count, who knows what next year will bring. 3 of the fare classes are in the lowest category.....So there are a few more cheap fares to see...But if you book them thru a travel agent, they don't all count to elite miles, only half.....How is that for pushing out the agent even further. Already they don't pay them SQUAT... And now the tickets are not worth as much mileage wise...I think it SUCKS personally....But as airline I still hold my cards up to CO.......

User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

I would have to say Continental: from Worst to First. Well done.

25 Beltwaybandit : AirTran (ex VJ). I don't consider any post-bankruptcy recovery to be a laudable comeback. To me, a comeback is achieved when a company meets all its o
26 Moolies : SAA for sure untill they started hedging. from $200 million loss in one year to $70 million profit the next. then they started heding for 2003 and los
27 TAP1972 : I would say TAP Air Portugal It is going to make a profit in 2003 after several years making continuous losses. Investing in profitable routes accordi
28 L1011Lover : LUFTHANSA after WWII!!! They restarted service with only a handful aircraft and only in 1955 while all the other European and American carriers where
29 Marcopolo747 : My vote goes to MEA. It is interesting to follow the developments at GF, their Aussie boss knows what he is doing. .
30 Post contains images Zizou : What abour SriLankan? After losing almost half its fleet in 2001, it aint doing so bad now!
31 Thrust : Definently Continental. They were left nearly dead when Lorenzo was booted out, and they went on to become even better than they were before. Besides
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