Jmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3318 posts, RR: 15 Posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1648 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.
NWA104 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1554 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.
AWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1530 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.
A320FA From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1520 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.
AlaskaMVP From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1500 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...
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3810 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1481 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?