A330Fan1
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Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 1:36 pm

Hey guys. I thought of a cool topic - who do you revere the most with respect to the commercial aviation world? Who do you think made their airline work the best? I think Rolim Adolfo Amaro changed up TAM to become a great airline. It started out as an airline that transported a few landowners around the country, and he changed it to a great airline (although now it only serves more regional destinations). TAM is known for its efficiency, "Red Carpet" service, and hospitality. It takes a great man of courage, strength, and ambition to do this. How 'bout you guys?
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 1:40 pm

None other than David N. Siegel, President & CEO of US Airways Group! he is in the process of turning US Airways from a money losing, near liquidation airline to a new-faced carrier poised to be an industry leader, all through the fastest successful Chapter 11 emeergence in American history (bankruptcydata.com). US Airways isn't out of the water yet, by any means, but it's a heck of a lot better now than it was a year ago right now, and getting better all the time. Those of you who still have doubts, check back in a few years. I'll still have the same answer!

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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 1:42 pm

Yep...I think he's a great person. Rakesh Gangwal, the former leader of USAIRWAYS, also helped to ameliorate the status of the airline - nowadays, it is an improving airline and I think it'll be a competitive player.
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 1:54 pm

I forgot to mention Al Baker for Qatar Airways...this airline is also quickly moving up the ladder to becoming one of the greatest airlines in the world!
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 2:05 pm

Folks ought to remember M. Lamar Muse. First prez/ceo of Southwest Airlines Co. The reason it is the lasting success story it is today.
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:08 am

You are so right, TxAgKuwait.....

If it weren't for Lamar, no one would even know about Herb.........

I still feel it is a shame that Muse Air never made it. I think if Lamar had really stuck to his original plan about making a long haul carrier out of Hobby, he really might have been on the right track. He should have never let his son take it over.....it became "Air Revenge" instead.....

 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:19 am

David Neeleman of jetBlue and alan mulally of boeing!!!!!
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:43 am

Current CEO's notwithstanding, I'd have to say Juan Tripp Founder of Pan American World Airways...Certianly one of the great global leaders..Made Pan Am almost into his "Chosen Instrument" idea..PAA was important in opening many world air routes in the 30's and 40's...Launched the 707 & DC-8 (on the same day with orders for both) and the 747 that truly revolutionized air travel into transportation for the masses.

Other notables..JAck Frye of TWA,Howard Hughes of TWA, C.E. Woolman of Delta, C.R.Smith of American (made the famous $400 phone call with Douglas,launched the DC-3).

In recent times, for better or worse..Bob Crandall...he had vision...One tough SOB, but as some at AA said at the time, he is our SOB!

Of the domestic crop currently...hats got to go off to Gordon Bethune...brought CO from worst to first.
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:49 am

I agree with Elal106, David Neeleman. Jetblue is arguably the most successful newstart in history. Started in a slow market, Neeleman brought to the public what they wanted. He got incredible financial backing, and the success speaks for itself. This is the new wave of airlines in my opinion. Bring the amenities customers really want, give them comfort, and charge them reasonable fares. I hope to see this model being implemented elsewhere.

In Canada, Westjet seems to be going after the Jetblue model moreso than the Southwest model, which they were originally. Going for the leather seats, satellite TV and friendly service, Westjet is turning into the Jetblue of Canada. So an honourable mention to Clive Beddoe, giving Canadian customers what they want.  Smile
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:51 am

great pick Captaingomes!! I agree!


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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 5:39 am

Neeleman has started three airlines, all three successful. Morris Air merged with Southwest, and Neeleman did not fit in @ Southwest so he went north of the border (due to the 5-year no compete clause with Southwest) and help start WestJet. Along the way, he started up the Open Skies reservations system used by a large number of airlines. Once the 5 years of the no compete clause were, up then comes along JetBlue, and we all know how successful it has been to this point.

My pick is Robert Priddy, one of the founders of ASA and Valujet. ASA was one of the first airlines to emerge around the time of Deregulation (actually it started before Deregulation), and taking over routes abandoned by the majors as a result of Deregulation (prior to Deregulation, airlines like Delta were sending DC-9s and 727s into small cities like Columbus, GA and once the CAB was dissolved, dropped the routes) made it grow at a fair clip. When Delta started up the Delta Connection program in 1984, ASA was one of the first airlines to be brought in. The rest is as they say is history. By the early 1990s, he had left ASA and when Eastern folded in 1991, he started plans for a new airline. Valujet was his baby. Unfortunately, VJ592 ended his major role in the airline, and like Lewis Jordan, he remains on the Board of Directors @ AirTran.
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 5:51 am

Albert Plesman who founded KLM (it's the oldest airline going, that should mean something)

Richard Branson, he may be irritating every now and then but he does know how to run his airlineS!

David Neeleman, Jetblue.

Freddie Laker, he may not have been succesful but he did have a mayor contribution to low fare flights.
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 10:22 am

My favorite is Grant McConachie, founder of Canadian Pacific. There is a great biography about him .... Bush Pilot with a Briefcase by Ronald A. Kieth.

Pete
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:20 am

Darn good topic, A330Fan1 ! I'd have to vote for the late Juan Trippe of Pan American fame. More current, but "retired", would be Herb Kelleher of Southwest. I like Tan flyr's other choices as well. Regards...Jack
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:23 am

Oh thank you,thank you,people!! You've just restored my faith in you.
I expected to open this thread to see a multitude of "Branson" replies!!
As far as I'm concerned,the man is nothing more than a self publicity machine!He started off in 1984 with great intentions,but as his airline has grown,has lost the plot.
His recent "spouts" in the Aussie media re:Flts to Oz shows how much he knows. "Virgin are the 2nd largest operator in Europe"......I don't think so!....Virgin are the 25th biggest airline in the world(with 25 a/c).......I don't think so!.....Our first flt to Oz will be Concorde......someone slap him!!!!
The guy is deluded.As a rational human being,I won't be taken in by him.
I refer you to Tom Bower's biography!
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:25 am

Without question, the "Imperial Skygod" himself, Juan Terry Trippe...founder of the "World's Most Experienced Airline", Pan American.

Steve in N.O
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:27 am

David Neelman. I have followed B6 since it started. I had t-shirts a year before it came to ATL. My #1 goal in life is to be at his level and hopefully at jetBlue be at his level
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 1:41 pm

It would have to be Juan Trippe.
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:35 pm

I'm with USAirways321, David N. Siegel did A good job brining US Airways out of bankruptcy.
 
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RE: Who's Your Favorite Airline Founder/leader?

Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:43 pm

I must say the late Don Kendell, founder of the now defunct Kendell Airlines (now operating as REX). Don was a true blue Aussie and is a bloody legend of aussie skies. May his soul rest in peace, and his legend live on!! Yeh!

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