If any of you GB fans had been working at Continental for the last year or so
you might change your tune, his leadership and delegation of management skills to Brennerman in the turnaround notwithstanding and his alleged pilot skills 'pushing the simulator to the limit' where do you get this stuff?!!
The reality is that he placed CAL in an extremely vulnerable position financially,
with his reckless buy back of billions worth of CAL stock ostensibly to retain control of the airline but in reality an attempt to prop up the stock price and protect his own job along with his cronies.
Who was the first CEO to go crying to the Government after 9/11? he didn't do it out of any altruistic concern for the industry but because we couldn't withstand a mild downturn, let alone a catastrophe, those billions he blew on the stock buyback could have been put to great use shoring up our finances and preparing us for a downturn, we now have more debt than American airlines!
And how about his new contract, he basicly gets rewarded for losing money!
the contract stipulates he gets a bonus if we ONLY lose 125 million over a fixed period of time, I'll buy everyone a beer if the amount doesn't turn out to be just a little less than that.
You all seem to admire his outspokeness I call it his 'Martini Wisdom' he says a lot of stupid things, he forecast that Jet Blue's IPO would be a failure, I think we all know how that went, and lately he's been blaming our problems on 'stupid passengers who won't pay enough'
Personally I wish he'd keep his mouth shut and do a better job, you don't see Delta and Northwest keeping such a high profile, but they are certainly better off financially.
And just to enlighten you further, if you think that sitting in an office all day and flying once every six months, enable's him to push anything to it's limit but his mouth I'm surprised at your gullibilty, most of you seem to have good aviation knowledge and I think you would realize that currency is vital for proficiency as a Professional Pilot, let alone an amateur one.
When he 'takes delivery' of an aircraft he is babysat by an experienced instructor who has to be very assertive, his flying abilities are very basic and really a pr stunt, it also violates our contract which stipulates that any Cal flying must be done by a Pilot on our seniority list.
If you think this is just because I'm a bitter Cal employee who's been screwed by incompetent management your'e mostly right, but the facts speak for themselves, we have furloughed/laid off more employees percentage wise than any other airline because of his catastrophic 'management'
Forget the mouth, look at the reality.
The best contribution to safety is a competent Pilot.