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Alaska Airlines CEO, Bill Ayer To Retire  
User currently offlinejamake1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1005 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3485 times:

Brad Tilden has been named successor.

'Got to credit Ayer's leadership for AS' strong position and financial performance.

Full press release below:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Bill-A...-Alaska-prnews-1752334667.html?x=0


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User currently offlineredrooster3 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 229 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

My favorite airline,

Slightly off topic, how is AS so successful in these times?



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User currently offlineMountainFlyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

Definitely my favorite airline as well. I fly AS whenever possible.


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User currently offlineItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

Quoting redrooster3 (Reply 1):
Slightly off topic, how is AS so successful in these times?

- code share
- productive labor contracts
-code share
-captive audience in a mineral rich state where driving people/freight isn't an option
-code share
-conservative growth and fiscal discipline
-code share

I wish him well in retirement...he is leaving a solid, well-run operation as his legacy.

[Edited 2012-02-16 08:31:50]

User currently offlineHiFlyerAS From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 936 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3193 times:

Congratulations to Brad Tilden...an approachable, genuine, strong leader who has played a big part in the current succuss of the company. He will take AS even further and higher. 2 for 1 stock split today announced for Alaska Air Group as well....a big vote of confidence regarding Tilden's turn at the helm and the future of AAG.

User currently offlinecatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 3029 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3176 times:

Quoting ItalianFlyer (Reply 3):
- code share
- productive labor contracts
-code share
-captive audience in a mineral rich state where driving people/freight isn't an option
-code share
-conservative growth and fiscal discipline
-code share

You forgot their expansive code sharing arrangements.  

In all seriousness, they have written the book for how a mid-size regional carrier can not only survive in times of economic turmoil, but also in times of massive consolidation.


User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5400 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Wow, what a surprise. I wish Mr. Ayer happiness and success in whatever he takes on next (will he really "retire"?) and congratulate him on the amazing job he's done with TAAG! A job (incredibly) well done!

I am glad to see Mr. Tilden taking the reigns and know he will keep things on the same path of growth and success. I look forward to a great future for Alaska and Horizon!

bb


User currently offlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Great execution of an innovative and thoughtful business plan.

In particular, continuing to play two of the majors against each other using codeshares and FF benefits is a masterstroke. It makes it very hard for either major to swallow AS, while bringing AS a lot of business.

I root for AS because it's my hometown airline but also because it consistently gives me a solid travel experience. Of course I've experienced delays and annoyances on AS, but never had a trip descend into "cluster***k" territory as often seems to happen on the majors.


User currently onlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3049 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

Quoting catiii (Reply 5):
Quoting ItalianFlyer (Reply 3):
- code share
- productive labor contracts
-code share
-captive audience in a mineral rich state where driving people/freight isn't an option
-code share
-conservative growth and fiscal discipline
-code share

You forgot their expansive code sharing arrangements.

In all seriousness, they have written the book for how a mid-size regional carrier can not only survive in times of economic turmoil, but also in times of massive consolidation.

Yeah, yet another reason for their success is their extensive code share agreements with AA, DL and to a lesser degree QF, AF, KL, LA, FI, EK, KE, etc.

Staying independent is another very smart move on their part. They have positioned themselves extremely well to remain independent and successful long long after many people have predicted their demise. As I have posted many times on A.net, my belief is that say DL buying out AS might flatter Richard Anderson's ego and maybe (big maybe) line the pockets of a few very short term investors, but just about everyone else would lose except for WN (long term shareholders, customers, employees, communities). It appears that Ayers and leadership see this too and have worked hard to make sure they remain independent and successful and not ancient history like PSA.

[Edited 2012-02-16 10:04:40]

User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6123 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Well Congrats to both. Ayer, despite the usual company bashing was a great CEO when I worked there and it was nice to have a CEO know me by name. Brad, IMHO will be a great leader too. He is a pleasant conversation as well and was very receptive the few times I met him. AS is in good hands.

[Edited 2012-02-16 09:56:28]


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User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

The other big news is a 2 for 1 split and a 50 million dollar share buyback program so it looks like AS feels like it is still going strong.

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

Quoting as739x (Reply 9):
AS is in good hands.

   I agree. I think Tilden will be a much better fit as AS CEO. I have no ill will towards Ayer, but some of the stuff he did was not the kind of things I agreed with. I hope they bring back the SEA rampers soon. This was one of the things I did not like.



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User currently offlineHiFlyerAS From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 936 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 11):
I hope they bring back the SEA rampers soon. This was one of the things I did not like.

I would love to see this as well but can't imagine it will happen. Was there ever a final court-ruling and settlement over the replacement of the SEA ramp?


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 12):
Was there ever a final court-ruling and settlement over the replacement of the SEA ramp?

I don't know, but I remember something about that the court sided with the union on the wrongful termination part, I believe. Or it might have been something else. I don't know if the final ruling ever came about. Someone else would know though.



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User currently offlinenonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 12):
I hope they bring back the SEA rampers soon.

Not gonna happen.Wishful thinking .


Congrats to Brad and Happy Retirement to Bill.He did what needed to be done to make Alaska Airlines a strong company.


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13547 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
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Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 13):
Quoting HiFlyerAS (Reply 12):
Was there ever a final court-ruling and settlement over the replacement of the SEA ramp?

I don't know, but I remember something about that the court sided with the union on the wrongful termination part, I believe. Or it might have been something else. I don't know if the final ruling ever came about. Someone else would know though.

Unless I'm mistaken, it essentially came down to the court saying that even though the company wasn't necessarily in the right to remove the IAM workers from the SEA ramp, the company provided well over and above what would have been called for contractually and that there was essentially no remedy available.

Bottom line, the IAM will not be returning to the SEA ramp for AS.



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User currently offlineGentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

Mr Ayers fair winds and following seas.


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