DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9022 posts, RR: 11 Posted (15 years 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2485 times:
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
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6379 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2349 times:
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.
Dynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (15 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2331 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.
Phi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2317 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.
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (15 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2318 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.)
Lschweitzer From France, joined Nov 2000, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2319 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.
B737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 893 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (15 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2315 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.
Blink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (15 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 2302 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.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6379 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (15 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 2293 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 .
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (15 years 2 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2254 times:
I'm surprised nobody mentioned Wilbur and Orville Wright, the Wright Brothers.
John Dasburg(Helped NWA out of financial problems, and helped improve it and ordered A330's and 757 to replace aging DC-10's.
Northwest Airlines - Some People Just Know How to Fly
VirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (15 years 2 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2247 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)