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Ex-Frontier Chief Named Pinnacle CEO  
User currently offlineKGRB From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 711 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Sean Menke has been given the top spot at 9E. He ran Frontier from 2007-2009.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/43174936

Thoughts? Seems like a good pick, but he's got his work cut out for him with the Mesaba merger yet to be completed.


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User currently offlineCoronado From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1174 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
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I think Mariner will cheer this one on. A good guy from all I have read and heard. There will be a lot of fleet turnover in the next few years as the small CRJ's get parked.


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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25080 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1880 times:
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Quoting Coronado (Reply 1):
I think Mariner will cheer this one on. A good guy from all I have read and heard.

  

He is indeed one of the good guys. Airline CEO jobs aren't thick on the ground, and he is wasted as a 2IC to someone else.

It's a tough job, but I'm betting he has the cojones for it.  

mariner



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User currently offlinesunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2040 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1850 times:

This will be very interesting, not only for the job ahead of him, but all the bashing he will get here on A.net from some folks.

One question who will he hire away from Frontier?



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User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Quoting Coronado (Reply 1):
I think Mariner will cheer this one on. A good guy from all I have read and heard. There will be a lot of fleet turnover in the next few years as the small CRJ's get parked.

Who is doing the parking of the CRJs? Is DL already eliminating CRJ capacity, or are you implying that Menke would be the one getting rid of CRJs?



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User currently offlineCoronado From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1174 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1748 times:
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Delta plans on parking 50-60 CRJ1 and 2's over the next few months-these are the DL owned a/c operated by Comair.
If Sean wants to keep Pinnacle/Mesaba busy and viable his challenge will be to locate CR7/CR9 (and maybe CR10's) over the next 3 years and replace the Pinnacle CRJs.



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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

Quoting JBo (Reply 4):

Who is doing the parking of the CRJs? Is DL already eliminating CRJ capacity, or are you implying that Menke would be the one getting rid of CRJs?

DL is parking excess CR2 capacity through 2012. A Plan they announced back in late 2009. Most will come from Comair but cuts will be had across the DCI network.



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User currently offlineenilria From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 7111 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

Quoting KGRB (Thread starter):
Sean Menke has been given the top spot at 9E. He ran Frontier from 2007-2009.
Quoting sunking737 (Reply 3):
One question who will he hire away from Frontier?

It's a bit of a waste of his talents. Menke has been successful running the Marketing departments of F9 and AC, but his tenure as COO and CEO of F9 was less spectacular. Unfortunately he is now CEO of an airline with no marketing department. I'm sure he will do fine, but it is a less than perfect fit.


User currently offlineazjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3905 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

Menke will be the head of Pinnacle CORP, not Pinnacle Airlines (9E). The individual airlines under Corp. (Pinnacle and Mesaba) will retain their respective CEOs.

Menke's most important duty as he takes the helm is to guide the huge transition at this airlines. Mesaba jets will be transferred to Pinnacle and the last remaining 7 Saabs, after the Delta business winds down will be transferred to Colgan and the Colgan name will cease. He'll have to oversee this huge undertaking which will involve massive amounts of training and shuffling of the employees around the country. He'll also have to continue to market the PNCL Corp airlines and their services to other airlines. The agreements with Delta are good for quite a long time, but he'll need to try to find business for the Saabs and hopefully find business with another mainline partner. He may not have to market his business to passengers, but he can market the crap out of his airlines and their service possibilities. I'd say those talents will hardly go to waste.

I for one, welcome the fact that he earned a good reputation amongst the F9 crowd and that he's an outsider coming to right the ship and steer the course. The last thing PNCL Corp needed was to recycle the dead weight circulating the company.


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