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User currently offlineFrontierMan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 413 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

I would like to know who is the most influential man of commercial aviation. I can think of a few influential people. Howard Hughes, Donald Burr, Lewis Jordan, and Gordon Bethune. Could I have a few more names, and please tell me why that person was so influential.

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User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

How could you forget Juan Trippe.
He launched the 747 program.

Avion


User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2709 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1903 times:


I would have to say that this was the most influental of all people, and I can think of many things why I can support this.


Established Pan American World Airways as the leader of commercial aviation.

Purchased and developed many airlines in other parts of the world.

Developed and invented much of the infrastructure to operate normal scheduled air traffic round the world service.

First to operate American jets, Boeing 707's and DC-8's

Not to mention that the 747 was specifically tailored to his own standards!



He was pretty much the leader that made it easier for the human race to travel by air. His ideas and inovations were the first to have trully globalizing efffects.



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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

Everybody forgot?  
Without Charles Lindbergh there would be no transatlantic flights. He opened so many new routes for Pan Am, TWA.
Lucky "Lindy"

Regards,
Rafal


User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

He made airtravel fun to fly since the glory days of Pan Am by bringing back the standup bars on the 747s as well as the first carrier having an award winning inflight entertainment system and he's trying to end the high fares by BA by demanding that more competition be at LHR like from BM,CO,TW,etc. Without competition at LHR, BA would be raising the fares and would once again screw passengers flying in and out of LHR. Despite all the odds that he faces he still thinks about customer satisfaction, safety and low fares for the passenger.


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineFrontierMan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

I would have to say Howard Hughes played an equally important role in establishing the first modern airline. That being TWA, and also later Hughes Airwest.

User currently offlineDC-9CAPT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

Here are three more notables:

Freddy Laker. The first in a long line of "cheap is good too" idealists. Donald Burr is one of Laker's disciples. Although Laker didn't make it, the concept caught on.

Herb Kelleher. Contrarian, did his own thing. Showed that an unknown intra-state who stuck to a basic, disciplined philosophy could rise up. Stuck to point-to-point when hubs were in vogue.

Robert Crandall. Love him or hate him, he is responsible for SABRE. Need I say more?

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The most infamous:

Frank Lorenzo. Played the deregulation game fast and loose. Had a hidden agenda to de-unionize an industry where unions are an institution. Ended up losing. Where is he now?

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An up-and-comer:

Tim Hoeksema. Chaired a tiny airline at a time when others were starting up and folding at a cyclic rate. Overcame initial, rough obstacles Like Kelleher, he is also a contrarian and today has a fine airline with 11 years consistent profitability.



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