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Most Respected People In Aviation  
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

Hey everyone,
Who are the people you have the highest respect for in the world of aviation? Mine would be:
Herb Kelleher - Southwest Airlines
Gordon Bethune - Continental Airlines
Sir Richard Branson - The Virgin Empire

Jeff

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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13739 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

It's got to be

Dr. Cheong Choong Kong - Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman of Singapore Airlines

I say this from a biased and non-biased POV. He has guided the airline for 40 years and he has done a great job. Nothing but praise for the man! Every SIA fan loves him.

It's a shame he wants to leave in 2 years. Maybe he should stay until he's 80



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

Sir Dick gets my vote. Not sure about his jumpers though!

User currently offlineJohnFKelly From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

Mudhole Smith
and Charlie Willis


User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6214 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

Herb Kelleher-Southwest
Richard Branson-Virgin
HRH Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz-Head of Saudi Araibian Airlines-Taking the airline of the Kingdom to new heights
H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum - Head of Emirates-Look what he has done for Emirates and the carrier is still so young.
Chepos
Puerto Rico



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

If you include people from the past Juan Trippe and some guy named Boeing would be right up there as well.

User currently offlineDynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1863 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1745 times:

I think you mean the most respected people in the airline industry. Aviation is too general a category.

Here is my opinion:

While Singapore Airlines has made many achievements over the years, I don't think Cheong Choong Kong can take a lot of the credit. The airline was already on its way up when he took over the MD job in the 80s.

Gordon Bethune gets my vote. How much CO has transformed under his leadership is amazing. CO was appeared to follow Eastern's and Pan Am's demise. But Mr Bethune completely turned the airline around, and now it's one of the healthiest majors in the US. This is not a small feat. Just take a look at TW and US, and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Herb is a close second. He's the biggest winner of the US airline deregulation.

Branson is not a bad choice. His airline flourishes in the shadow of a big giant (BA). Well, I still think Bethune's job was tougher.


User currently offlinePhi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

While never a CEO or such, V.H.'Slim' Mayfield was an
American Airlines Captain for most of his 30 years and
a barnstormer before that. He knew flying and it was his
life. During his time he saved a few lives by taking
evasive action against CAT not seen by anyone else.
He was dedicated to safety and comfort of his passengers and I could go on and on. Yet he was the
same as many good pilots are, and were, and thus did
not stand out among his peers.
So, to Slim and all like him, You are my Most Respected
People In Aviation.
Phil


User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1732 times:

Joe Sutter, of course. Who else could it be? Why is he on no-one's list so far?

In the airline industry, it would be Maxwell William Ward
(He put up a nice struggle, but unlike Virgin, his airline never survived the government-backed dirty tricks campaign that AC raged against it... I respect him even more for the tragedy of his airline than Branson for his victory - that guy was just bloody good at marketing and stirring up the opinions, whereas Ward was more of a pioneer, pilot and aviator, but less of a marketing and management person. It's the ancient question of accountant/entrepreneur versus innovator/enthusiast/hard-working rise-up. For me, the latter will always be more respected, but less successful.... I still like Virgin as an airline, though.)



User currently offlineLschweitzer From France, joined Nov 2000, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

What about the person who cleans the aircraft before we board the plane and the cleaner probably never gets to fly with one?
For a brilliant manager it does not make a difference what he or she has to manage.

Luc


User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 885 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1729 times:

In my opinion it's Clay Lacy, he retired from UAL Seniority #1. Started flying DC-3's for them and wound up flying 747SP's and -400's at the end of his career! He was the captain of the DC-6 at the Reno Air Race, he was also the captain of the Human Fly DC-8 and he was in command of the United 747SP that flew around the world for charity! He was friends with Bill Lear, how cool is that? Now having a dominating charter business owning some incredible jets such as Learjets, Gulfstreams and two 727-100's. He's still flying around all the time. Almost everytime I go to VNY I hear him on the radio. What a great life.

User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1716 times:

Rob Crandall- Made AA an international powerhouse and at the end of his reign, AA was a million times bigger and better than AA was when he arrived.

Don Carty- Could set up his own dynasty, "The Crandall years are over," "The Carty years are now" is a quote from him. AA has grown, and he is the CEO for AA that founded Oneworld. He has also made a huge comeback from terrible service to some of the best service in the sky.
rgds,
blink182



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6214 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1707 times:

AA some of the best service in the sky . Please dont take me wrong but AA dosent give the best service in the air. Maybe AA one of the best predators in the air that should be a better title for them .
Chepos
Puerto Rico



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1709 times:

Mine would have to be:

Kelly Johnson (Skunk Works)
Juan Trippe (Pan Am)
William Boeing (Boeing)
Donald Douglas (MDC)
Patty Wagstaff (Aerobatics)



Each of these people have innovated, led, or taken risks to advance aviation as we know it.


User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1699 times:

WILLIAM BOEING
Not only did he greatly contribute to the aviation world just about as long as it has existed, he has really contributed to the great, long-lasting Seattle economy.


User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1676 times:

What about former UA Captian Al Haines? For what he did alone with the UA 232 incident, he's a hero in my book.

User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

Herb Kelleher
John Dashburg
Gordon Bethune
Leo Mullin
Juan Trippe
ALL Captains of all Aircraft, I highly respect these great people
And many more


User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

All the Flight attendants in the world!! For if itwasn't for them we would not have a Pleasant and Safe Journey!!
Also look at how much crap they have to put up with in a Day, Shi*ty passengers etc..

So my thumb goes up to you Guys, and thanks for the great service you provide to us!! Keep up the good work!

Cheers
mikey


User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

I'm surprised nobody mentioned Wilbur and Orville Wright, the Wright Brothers.
Also...
John Dasburg(Helped NWA out of financial problems, and helped improve it and ordered A330's and 757 to replace aging DC-10's.
Gordon Bethune
Herb Kelleher
Al Haynes

BH346



Northwest Airlines - Some People Just Know How to Fly
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

I forgot all about Trippe and Boeing. Without these two men, the world of aviation would be signifigantly altered.

Jeff


User currently offlineVirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

Sir Richard Branson, hands down. I was telling Flyf15, on my flight from JFK-MAD, I was seriously thinking of writing a letter to Mr. Branson saying how much of a difference his airline is compared to other European airlines, and how much I missed it! (I was having a BAD flight)

User currently offlineJetsetTX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Bob Six, who led Continental for over 40 years and turned us into a major presence and Gordon Bethune, who led us back to glory.

User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

Worthy contenders all, but let's not forget the man who made instrument flight possible - Jimmy Dolittle. After all, who would buy a VFR B747?

User currently offlineCruising From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

My vote goes to Wright brothers, Charles Linderburg, Joe Sutter, and Kelly Johson.

User currently offlineDrukAir_BAe146 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

Carl Ichan.

25 Archie Bunker : Neil Robertson? heheh...
26 Fxra : CLaire CHenault Eddie Rickenbacker DOnald Douglas Kelly Johson and the poor baggage handlers who've lugged my pack around on some of my long trips lat
27 Post contains links and images RealHigh : John Travolta Click for large versionPhoto © Bruce Highland
28 Astrojet : The best ever been for me is Mr William Boeing.
29 Singapore_Air : Oh yeah! FOrgot about SIr Richard Branson! Yes he's great. Has guided VS through times of cheating and dishonesty by other Big Airlines, and has stuck
30 Twotterwrench : One must never forget Mr. Frank Lorenzo! What he did for us A&P's is talked about in revered tones to this day!
31 Siriwatthana : for me Sir Richard Bransen Dr. Frans Josef Strauß chairman of Airbus Industries and Minister president of Bayern in germany. He is died. Nicky Lauda
32 United Airline : If you include everyone, I would say 'Wright Brothers'.
33 Sushka : 1.Wright brothers 2. Bill Boeing 3. CR. Smith 4. Chuck Yeager
34 Sushka : I fotgot #5 for me would be Lindburgh and his "Spirit of St.Louis"
35 Victor Hotel : Alvin Johnston also known as Tex Johnston. Since I have just written a speech on him and found a whole lot out about him, I have a great deal of respe
36 Chepos : I think the most respected off all times are -The Wright Brothers-Orville and Wilbur -Amelia Earhart -Charles Lindbergh -Arthur Raymond -Juan Trippe -
37 Dynkrisolo : For the two who voted Carl Ichan and Frank Lorenzo, I hope you two are not serious.
38 Johnnybgoode : regarding all the airline CEO´s, i´d like to add Jürgen Weber to the list. he´s the Lufthansa CEO and in my opinion he made a very remarkable job
39 Critter592 : Herb Kelleher... I Highly Respect Herb, and his Airline. He has done such a great job to help Southwest Airlines. Thanks Herb. Gordon Bethune... You h
40 Post contains images KMIA : CHUCK YEAGER
41 Post contains images RayChuang : Here's my list of the great people in aviation history. Jack Northrop--an aviation pioneer that had a great knack for aerodynamic design, it was he wh
42 BAYTRACON : -Juan Trippe -Gordon Bethune -Herb Kelleher -Sir Richard Branson -The controllers -The pilots -The flight attendants -The airport managers -The ramp w
43 Trintocan : For me it would definitely be the Wright Brothers and Juan Trippe. The Wright Bros. certainly got the ball rolling by inaugurating aeroplane flight wh
44 Pacific : Wilbur and Orville Wright, the people who invented aviation. Pacific
45 Ap305 : Based on some of the books i have read and from what i have heard from some friends who used to work in the aviation buissiness my vote would go for t
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