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America West's Franke To Resign?  
User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3312 posts, RR: 15
Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

The following statement made by America West CEO Bill Franke seems to suggest he may be on his way out of the company, which could create a beginning for the airline. What do you think?

Dear America West Employees:

At the meeting of the America West Board of Directors scheduled for August 22, 2001, I intend to recommend that, consistent with the company’s management succession plan, Doug Parker be elected chief executive officer of America West Holdings Corporation and America West Airlines.

In a business as dynamic as an airline there is arguably never that moment of perfect calm suitable for transitioning management. The fact is, however, that Doug has for more than two years been intimately involved in the key decisions at America West. He's ready for the additional responsibility, is entitled to the opportunity and is up to its challenges. Doug is bright and articulate and relates well with our employees. His success in leading the turnaround of our airline's operations is particularly noteworthy.

I am convinced he will provide the energy and commitment necessary for the long-term success of America West.

Sincerely,

Bill




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User currently offlinePhxairfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 811 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

This may be what HP needs for a big impact turnaround.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Franke announced his intention to quit in favor of Parker back in early May.

User currently offlineNWA104 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

I heard a report on the radio this morning that Bill Franke could resign today rather than the end of 2002.

User currently offlineNWA104 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

It's official. Doug Parker will take over as President and CEO of America West replacing Bill Franke. The question remains whether Franke will remain as Chairman. The official announcement will be made within the hour. Big grin Big grin

User currently offlineAWA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

Franke will leave America West entirely on September 1st, as Doug Parker takes over completely.

This is a good day for America West... I feel that September 1st should be America West's Independence Day!

Congratulations to us all working here at HP, our futures now look a little brighter!


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

I look forward to seeing what becomes of this. All the best to the new CEO!

Chris



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3806 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

Could Mr. Franke's decision to leave one year earlier than previously announced be a case of the rat abandoning the ship it senses to be sinking?

User currently offlineAWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

We are not really sinking, we have one of the highest load factors in the industry, our performance is improving every month, our pax are coming back, we have little debt and a good amount of cash on hand, there are several other carriers worse off then HP is.

User currently offlineA320FA From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

AWA22- you are so right HP has no debt and a huge cash reserve this helps America West through this economic down turn. HP is way better off than most carriers at this point. With Doug Parker in command hopefully he can focus on the employees and in turn they will propel America West to the top.


A320FA


User currently offlineAirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 609 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 1444 times:

I sure hope they build up their Columbus, OH hub. It would help me out alot....

AirOne


User currently offlineSforamper From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

AWA320 our future will look brighter if the pilots can get a decent contract come end of year.

sforamper(now in PHX)


User currently offlineAlaskaMVP From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

I think America West's future would even be brighter if they replaced those ageing 737's with more of those bitchin Airbus's with the wide seats. Even better, add more first class seats and take out some rows to put some more pitch into coach.

I may be commuting several times a week from PHX/PDX soon, and my only real option is Alaska because their coach is more comfortable (plus I get priority seating), and upgrading into first class is typically pretty easy. I'd like to fly America West, it's got even more conveniant flight times, but I just don't want to be packed in a sardine can...


User currently offlineCRJCA From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

Hey Airone, they will, but with RJs.

User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3806 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1411 times:

One of the highest load factors in the industry. Minimal debt. Labor costs among the lowest in the industry. Losing lots of $$$. All true of America West. Sounds like an airline in trouble to me. Could Bill Franke be on to something he isn't telling us?

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