Not that I am looking too much into this, you can't avoid being curious when the number 2 in command at CO retires out of the blue during crisis times for the airlines.
Continental Airlines Announces Retirement of C.D. McLean, Executive VP And Chief Operating Officer
Tuesday March 18, 5:10 pm ET
HOUSTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL - News) today announced the retirement of C.D. McLean, executive VP and chief operating officer, effective March 25.
McLean, 61, joined the airline in April 1994 as senior vice president of operations and was promoted to executive vice president of operations in 1996. In May 2001, he was named chief operating officer.
Under McLean's leadership, Continental has become an airline industry leader in operational reliability and efficiency. In 2002, Continental finished first in on-time arrivals in five months, achieved a record on-time arrival rate for the full year, had the highest completion factor among its U.S. airline peers, and flew without a single flight cancellation on 103 days. Averaged for the last five years, Continental has the best completion factor and the best on-time performance among U.S. airline peers.
"In his more than 40 years in aviation and as a personal friend for more than 20 years, Mac has made immense contributions, and his focus on operational excellence has become part of our culture at Continental," said Continental Chairman and CEO Gordon Bethune. "We all wish him well as he enjoys a well-deserved retirement."
Continental President Larry Kellner will assume McLean's responsibilities.