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Bethune To Head United Airlines?  
User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2772 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3496 times:

Just pure speculation here, of course. I read a little paragraph in the February 7, 2005 issue of Fortune magazine (page 16, bottom left). While it was just a couple of sentences, it really got me thinking. Bethune could do to UA what he did to CO, and have another success story out of it. What do you all think in regards to the speculation of the writer of this little 'news tidbit'?

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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17596 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

Gordon works as a consultant for CO, he still has an office in CO's headquarters. UAL had wooed him in the past when they were healthier, he turned them down.

You absolutley cannot compare the circumstances surrounding Gordon's turn around of CO in the 1990s to UAL's present circumstance, the airline industry has changed forever. None of the legacies are any where near profitability, and the huge wave of economic prosperity which CO rode out of dispair and into success seems like a distant memory.

Gordon offered a merger to UAL a year or two ago but was turned down by UAL's management, if Gordon can find some folks with deep pockets im sure he would much rather be a broker of a CO takeover/merger of UAL. So long as the folks in Houston are running the show.

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User currently offlineAvek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4524 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3438 times:

Supposedly, UAL's unions have made clear to the powers-that-be that they would give Bethune proverbial carte blanche in the event he comes to United - however, given his ego and likely priorities at this stage in his life, I doubt he would come to United unless and until the airline is clearly on a path to imminent bankruptcy emergence.

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User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

I am sure that the Elk Grove police would love to see him zip around in his Porsche at 90 mph+ like he did in Houston!

Traffic Enforcement in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago: Pretty Stiff

Traffic Enforcement in Houston: Virtually Non-Existant

User currently onlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8734 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

The title of this thread is a bit misleading. I thought there was actually something that would lead us to believe Gordo and UA was possible. That having been said, he turned 'em down once... I doubt he'd do it.

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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

Very doubtful. UA would love him to come aboard but it just doesn't seem like it will happen. Gordo speed? I think he obeys all traffic controls.


User currently offlineCol From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2275 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Leaving a loss making airline, to work at a bigger loss making airline? I think I would rather go fishing!

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