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The Neeleman Hype!?

Wed Dec 25, 2002 10:27 pm


Hello,

could anybody please tell me why so many people praise David Neeleman ?
I don't really know that much about Jetblue and Mr. Neeleman or his background but so many folks on here seem to see him as the best manager.
Also the current a.net poll shows him atop.

So what did this guy actually do to be considered the best airline CEO on airliners.net ?
I understand that many of you like the airline, because they are rather cheap and offer a very good inflight entertainment system or general inflight product but what does this have to do with the CEO ?

I mean Jetblue had a lot of investors and they started out as a huge start up airline. You can do a lot of things with lots of money.

Would be glad to hear your comments.

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RE: The Neeleman Hype!?

Wed Dec 25, 2002 10:51 pm

He is building a very efficient, quality airline with great service- all at affordable prices. Right now Southwest and JetBlue are the only airlines doin ok. With him as leader of Jetblue, he has showed that with good management airlines can make it through this economy. Yes, Jetblue started out with alot of money... But who raised that money???? who made hte plans for the airline?? David Neeleman. And, I think an airline`s product has alot to do with the CEO, They run the company.... if Leo Mullin wasn`t such a moron, He could make Delta a good airline. (just my opinion)

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RE: The Neeleman Hype!?

Wed Dec 25, 2002 11:16 pm

I understand that many of you like the airline, because they are rather cheap and offer a very good inflight entertainment system or general inflight product

Ya!!!!

but what does this have to do with the CEO ?

EVERYTHING!!!!!. The CEO is the one who started it all. If it wasn't for him and say Jim Goodwin started jetBlue, Do you think they would be where they are today?
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RE: The Neeleman Hype!?

Thu Dec 26, 2002 1:23 am

Just as Continental has become the media darling in the past three years, Neeleman has done the same on an individual basis. Few care to know that WN has more flights out of Houston than JetBlue has in it's entire system.

He should enjoy the spotlight. Once his shiny Airbus' start getting older and the freshness of the staff wears thin (it's destined to happen in this industry...), JetBlue will be like every other carrier...albeit with blue M&M's

While his IPO was strong..it apparently wasn't the success he was looking for...or clearly he would have been gone by now. It's his legacy to create airlines, create publicity arount them, start some critical mass...then take then public...then start something new.

He's an interesting character, we can all learn something from the success of JetBlue.
 
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RE: The Neeleman Hype!?

Thu Dec 26, 2002 1:26 am

EVERYTHING!!!!!. The CEO is the one who started it all. If it wasn't for him and say Jim Goodwin started jetBlue, Do you think they would be where they are today?

To make sure you fully understand what you are saying, I'd like an explanation of this statement from YOU and YOU alone, BR715. Explain about Jim Goodwin please, I'd like to hear what YOU have to say.

Where else did all of this come from at jetBlue? Let's see... consultants, panels, other executives as well. An airline cannot be a one-man show.
 
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RE: The Neeleman Hype!?

Thu Dec 26, 2002 11:56 am

Indeed it can't be a one man show. Once you get to that level of leadership it is not as much your plans or policies that count, it is the people you recruit. How you listen, lead and motivate them are all important to. Focus on this and everything else will fall into place almost by itself. IMHO allot of lousy CEO's hope to win big by just doing everything right by making everyone do things exactly his way. Ya can't do this in an organization as big as even a small airline. Executives like this just micromanage and distract people to death. These executives are like those parents you see screaming at their kids durring a soccer game - even if their advise is right, the kid

1. Will not understand in time to make a difference.

2. Will innevitably divert attention from playing the game and onto pleasing you. You would to in his place, you moron.

3. You will also annoy and irritate the heck out of him(and everyone else) ...so even when you try to express authority and and give advise in appropriate ways, he shows allot less respect for you.

You have to find the right team and help them work together to win. A well picked and trained team can take care of itself on the field even if the coach never showed up to the game. The Quarterbacks and captains can call the plays better than he can most of the time anyway. The coach shows up just to show that he cares and to show he can stand up and support the team. And help the captains/quarterbacks when they need it. I suspect the same is true in the business world.

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