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Gordon Bethune  
User currently offlineCOrouter77 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 28 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2543 times:

has anyone heard if gordon might be heading to ua after he retires from co?
that is the gossip here at hdq.

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

Actually the word on the internet is USAirways


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineCOrouter77 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

well, who ever gets him well be very lucky. he is one nice guy. we r all going to miss him.

User currently offlineUA744KSFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

It's amazing that he was able to do what he did at CO! Anyone who can clean up the mess created by Frank Lorenzo deserves a lot of respect.

User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2443 times:

I hope he doesn't go to US. Allegiant needs him! First thing he would do is get some NEW planes! Nothing I love better than sitting on a CO 739 and seeing his video where he tells you are flying the newest aircraft! That man is GOD!!!

Bethune 2008


User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2399 times:

maybe Delta....Grinstein has expirence and a passion, but he is doing nothing for the airline itself. Also, this would keep Gordon in SkyTeam.

Another longshot, Spirit? He can grow that airline a ton and at the same time "retire" to Florida!


User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2371 times:

None of the above: he's going to revive Texas International. Big grin

User currently offlineCAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 499 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2361 times:

I just want to remind everyone that even though Gordon is a great guy and I have spoke with him several times, He has also got a great team behind him. Hopefully this team will keep working hard and keep us flying right.


CAL........Continental Airlines....... Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

No doubt that CO is on the right track. They should do good without him. To mention some words that come to mind when thinking about ol' Gordo, Stand up guy, respectful, intelligent, experience, great orator and leader.
He will do great where ever he goes. Be reminded that other industries pay much much better for their CEOs. NW just found that out.
SR



W N = my Worst Nightmare!!!!!
User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

I just want to remind everyone that even though Gordon is a great guy and I have spoke with him several times, He has also got a great team behind him. Hopefully this team will keep working hard and keep us flying right.

So true..... and he takes no credit for Continental's turn around. If you read his book he gives it all to the people that where already there, but hamstring by years of miss managment. I can remember when CAL was a joke of an airline....now they are THE ONLY airline I fly on.

It's been talked about before, but if you can still find a copy of his book.. 'From Worst to First', it is well worth the read.



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16907 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Even though he's leaving the CEO position he will remain a member of CO's board of directors.


Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineBigB From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 615 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

Even though he's leaving the CEO position he will remain a member of CO's board of directors.

We leaves me to a conclusion that He will retire with CO in his heart. Big grin



ETSN Baber, USN
User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1920 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

Since he will be on the CO BOD, I seriously doubt he will join any other airline in any position...conflict of interest!

He might be recruited by other firms to clean up their messes..maybe Wall Street has a few openings!


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

With his hate of LCCs, I would not doubt if he went over to DL. He wants to kill AirTran and jetBlue. I hate to say it, he won't be able to do it, but hey, give the man his shot.

User currently offlineMdl21483 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

So, when Gordon does leave COA, will Ship 001 be un/renamed if he does go to a non-skyteam competitor?




From the shores of the sea we have come afar, we have risen high, among the stars.
User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

He was just in TUS with a few other Skyteam CEO's. Unfortunately he left early and I wasn't able to meet him. He stayed at the boarding door while the agents boarded the flight though, I thought that was nice.

User currently offlineJET1977 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1710 times:

Question:
If Gordon Bethune goes over to U.S. Airways, won't there be any legal implications or conflict of interest with Continental Airlines?


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1702 times:

That would depend on his contract with CO... but effective 31 Dec 2004 he will be unemployed.

Now there has been some mention of him still being on the BoD of CO. Well, IF HE goes to USAirways its easy....

"I Gordon Bethune resign my seat on the BoD of CO."

Signed-Gordon

[Edited 2004-11-14 00:57:56]


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

With his hate of LCCs, I would not doubt if he went over to DL. He wants to kill AirTran and jetBlue. I hate to say it, he won't be able to do it, but hey, give the man his shot.

Need I remind you that CO really helped out F9 in their early years of operation and to an extent still do today?


User currently offlineJetboyflyhi From France, joined Oct 2004, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

I have heard here at US he is on his way with a mission to help create a new US AIRWAYS. Also Jonathan Ornstien the CEO of Mesa has something to do with it. Note Ornstein was CEO for COEX for a while.


Chicken or Beef?
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

I still can't understand how US will every make it as a LCC. Even with the help of Gordo. They can't compete with what is out there and they will be begging their creditors every 5 minutes for a break in what they owe to survive. Give me a break.

User currently offlineBigB From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 615 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

Gordon isn't going to US, he even said that they are toast.


ETSN Baber, USN
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

Yes, that quote was the best! CO is toast. They are just going to limp along for awhile and ask their employees and creditors for help. What an existence.

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