Be careful where you get your information, your source was oh-for-everything in accuracy.
I have read that Frank Lorenzo, upon taking control of Continental Airlines, fired all Continental employees and hired new non-union employees, and then started an airfare war that was responsible for the Northwest-Republic and Delta-Western mergers and had a severely damaging effect to the industry. Do any of you have any additional information on this?
No, actually, the airline was bankrupt and, under then-applicable law, the union contracts were no longer valid. Every union except
the IAM had agreed to negotiated concessions to allow the airline to survive without the bankruptcy; unfortunately, the IAM was characheristically obstinate (and short-sighted), thus forcing the bankruptcy. No one was fired.
Ironically enough, Texas Air's purchase of Continental likely saved the carrier; it was financially moribund when Texas Air bought it. Historical revisionists like to recast the facts.
Also, when Frank Lorenzo fired the union staff at Continental and replaced them with non-union employees, did this effect the service quality or operational aspects of the airline dramatically?
As noted above, question assumes a false predicate. No answer required.
Did the route structure change?
Dramatically; upon its initial re-start, CO
was a fraction of its former self, and it grew with amuch greater emphasis upon the IAH
It's interesting how it appears that CO under Lorenzo became a totally different airline, even though the livery stayed the same.
Yep. Among other things, it had money in the bank with which to pay its operating expenses, and a fighting chance to continue in business.
I also have read that Lorenzo's actions drove Bob Six's successor to suicide,
No, actually, it was Six's failure to maintain the airline's financial viability and to successfully restructure the airline which (apparently) led to his suicide. This occurred long before the bankruptcy.
...and have read one member here refer to Continental as having become a "white trash airline". Did they attract the sort of clientele sometimes encountered aboard Greyhound busses when they slashed fares in this manner?
Glad to hear we are all open-minded and egalitarian here! Actually, since CO
was the dominant carrier at IAH
and a major player at DEN
, they attracted much the same cientele they had before- business and leisure travelers. I (as a Houstonian in those days) flew them a lot, and especially appreciate dthe fact that, in the immediate post-bankruptcy period, I could often trade the AA
coach ticket my company would send me from home office in Skokie ("purchased with special promotional discounts," they said!) for a First Class ticket on CO
. The service and attitude were, from my perspective as a frequent business traveler, very good. If staff were unhappy, they certainly did not take it out on the passengers.
Finally, I am interested in information about post-Frank Lorenzo Continental. From what I understand a Scandinavian company purchased them, and from that moment they became what they are today. Did any of the employees Lorenzo fired return to the airline at this time?
Mostly answered above, but since Francisco Lorenzo did not fire anyone, again, part of the question assumes a false predicate and cannot be anwered as asked.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...