AZjetgeek From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 235 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3340 times:
Bethune deserves the recognition. CO was on life support and had one foot in the grave when he took over. Under his leadership, CO has returned to prominence as one of the most respected legacy carriers in the skies. Naming one of their 777's after GB is a fitting tribute.
I take it that the DC10 that was named after Robert F. Six is no longer in service? If so, I would like to see CO designate one of its aircraft in Six's name to preserve the honor.
I have another suggestion for CO. They should designate each lavatory as the "Lorenzo Room" in recognition of Frank Lorenzo and his "contribution" to the history of CO. After all, he did put Continental in the crapper during his tenure with the airline.
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3240 times:
I concur with some of the other posters. Gordo deserves the recognition. He stepped in when the company was kissing the lips of death and he was able to turn it completely around and literally make CO a powerhouse. Very fitting tribute to his work there at Continental.
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COFreqFlyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3180 times:
Yah, echoing 777gk, N77006 was named after Robert Six after N68060 was retired. I also have a pic of it from when I caught him in EWR a few weeks ago. Here it is:
Unfortunately, I haven't as yet had the privilege of flying on 006 yet, and when the pic of 060 shown above was taken (sometime in the mid 80s, at HNL), I didn't think to take a picture of the plaque onboard, which I understand was moved over to 006. I do hope that one of these days I will be able to get a picture of the plaques onboard *both* aircraft, and of course will post here on a.net.
Farging Lorenzo, although if it weren't for him, CO would be known as Texas International Airlines, or at least that's what I vaguely recall.
I was sitting at the IAH terminal here a year ago when Gordon (the man) just returned to IAH from CLE, and was walking down the concourse in terminal C. I didn't think of it right at the time, but I really wish I would have stopped him and thanked him for doing the turnaround of the airline.