Before Tilton UAL tried in vein to lure first Bethune and then Greg Brennen to the CEO job at UAL, both declined.
UAL had to settle for someone outside of the airline industry to rebuild the airline, although it might have it's positives that Tilton is not an Airline industry re-tread it hurts that he has almost no experience with these type of labor groups and such a high cost/ low yield industry.
Bethune began his career as an airline mechanic, he was a member of the mechanic's union. He was an aircraft mechanic in the Navy which he joined at 17!.. He worked his way up from a high school drop out to an executive at Piedmont, Vice President in charge of the 737 and 757 programs at Boeing and is a certified 757/ 767 pilot. He flies many of the delivery flights himself from Seattle to Houston.
Comparing him to Hussein is probably the stupidest comment someone can make, the man has more experience from the labor union side, to the pilot's side, to the airline management's side, to the actually development of aircraft themselves than anyone.
He knows what he's doing, you cannot argue the track record.
UAL might have more assets, but CO is worth more to investors because of it's leadership. Something UAL has been lacking for many years, all those assets don't mean anything if you have Unions and Management making terrible decisions throwing money out the window.
CO has done more with less which makes Bethune look great, and UAL's management look terrible. All those assets (Heathrow, Narita, Chicago Ohare, Denver, LAX, SFO) and they haven't been able to turn a profit in how many years?..
Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757