Tbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 20 Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1523 times:
I would choose TWA. Their history is rich in aviation firsts. Just some quick examples. Their long partnership with Douglas which started with the DC-1. They were the first to fly the 747 coast to coast on domestic service. From the days of Howard Huges to the nightmare years of Carl Ichan you'll have plenty of material to choose from.
Tbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 20 Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1511 times:
Well you can go with Pan Am. It would be interesting to study their decline from a once pround airline. Then you have UAL. With everything going on with UAL right now it would be a perfect report on airline MISManagement.
PropilotJW From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 587 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1505 times:
Should I go for Overseas Airlines? I looked first at QANTAS, but they weren't very helpful when I e-mailed them. I then looked to Air Tahiti Bui, and they were nice. Waht do you all think on overseas airlines?
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1495 times:
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Do a report on Fedex. They are an airline, and they were a tremendous force in making efficient, cheap overnight delivery possible. Talk about how Fred Smith got a 'C' on his senior paper because his idea "was not feasible." The paper was essentially the blueprints for the company. It is amazing how one can make the "unfeasible" into a multi-billion dollar empire.
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1915 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1460 times:
Learning from failed attempts is as important as learning from success stories. PeoplExpress could make an interesting case study here. The major challenge is to find first-hand accounts from airlines that are no longer with us.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Twa@fra From China, joined Nov 2000, 140 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1457 times:
Or think about Lauda Air. The Founder Nicki Lauda (a few times Formula 1 Racing World Champion) hadn’t much support from the Austrian DOT. They hadn’t allowed him to fly the trunk routes to protect AUA. After many Route request he asked them if they don’t allowed him to fly to the "normal/big" Destination, then let me fly to the farrest Point, to a dest. AUA never served, to Australia.
Which was a very strange Route for a new found Airline, but as usual for Nicki Lauda it was well taught (Australia have a big south German and Austrian Community etc...) . He offered one of the best service, later with cooks on board and many other improvements.
But then, after years, his Airline was bought by AUA and he was fired as CEO and later from his second job at "his" Airline as B777 Pilot.
I left out a lot from the history from NG, e.g. the B763 crash, Nicki Lauda great technique knowledge, so with all it’s up & down it’s seams to be a really interesting Airline.
P.S. I also think Nicki Lauda would support you, if I’m not wrong he is now working for the F1 Jaguar Racing Team