Falcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2836 times:
I wonder if there's a new livery or brand planned to launch the Kellner era? After all, CO's current design is more than 10 years old...
Not a chance. The livery is clean, professional and recognizable with a consisten product. American hasn't changed theirs in ions, and has served them well. Liveries do not need to be changed just for the sake of change.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2836 times:
Artsyman Could you imagine that one of the best airline CEOs (never mind one of the most animated) leaving one of the healthiest airlines in the US has not been discussed on here about 4 million times over the course of the last year ? This is what the search function is for.
I had a fleeting thought this had been discussed. For exactly the reasons you point out. I can't imagine it wasn't talked about - probably at great length.
Fortunately for you, you've been here a while, unfortunately for me I have not. I shall endeavor to do better with the search function while I continue to develop my skills on A-Net.
In the interim, suppose you'll have to get over it huh.
Gnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2818 times:
I agree! And I hope CO doesn't change. But these days liveries seem to be much more short-lived than they were a couple of decades ago. Airlines seem to have "brand ADD" these days, AA being the single holdout I can think of.
CO's current livery was approximately comtemporary to NW's "bowling-shoe" livery (both were introduced within a few years of one another), which was replaced in 2003. UAL's gray scheme, also introduced around the time of CO's current colors, flew into the sunset this year. AirTran's lasted, what, six or seven years. Delta's Ron Allen scheme lasted three years. So it appears airline marketing folks don't always think like we do -- that color scheme isn't so critical.
I would not be surprised if the CO livery changed, but I agree that it would be a shame to see the current scheme go.
AZjetgeek From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 235 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2766 times:
Personally, I'd like to see Gordon Bethune appointed to head the FAA. Unfortunately, politicians aren't generally smart enough to hire someone as qualified as Gordon. He proved to the entire industry that with positive, forward-thinking leadership, a bad airline can become a great one.
TRACON From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2407 times:
Continental Airlines has achieved one of the most dramatic business turnarounds of the '90's. In 1994 the company was despised by travelers, employees, and shareholders. Its stock has since risen about 1,700 percent.
Gordon Bethune is a true man of integrity, loyalty, and kindness. His promotion to CEO of continental airlines has proved to be one of the airline industry's most successful decisions. I sure that where ever Mr. Behtune may be in the next few years, whomever he is with, they will benefit greatly from just his presence.
Mr. Bethune, you have done a remarkable job since those early, gloomy days back in 1994. You will remain a true aviation role-model in my heart. And I'm sure others feel the same way.
I hope that in the years to come, our world looks at what you've done, all that you have accomplished, and help make this world a better place.
For all of you interested in the history of Coninental Airlines, i encourage you to purchase Mr. Bethunes book: From Worst to First.
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2124 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2359 times:
As CRPilot points out both men who are assuming the leadership at CO (No. 2 and No. 3 moving up respectively) have been there since 1995 when they were brought in by Gordon Bethune. There is an article in Decembers Continental magazine about the handover and one thing mentioned in this is that CO aims to continue on its present course, i.e. no major changes of direction, etc. Probably the only noticeable immediate change will be a new welcome/flight safety video (or at least a new introduction) as Gordon Bethune currently thanks you for choosing Continental on the current one.