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Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Thu Dec 16, 2004 10:00 pm

On November 9, Continental named its first B777, N78001, after long time CEO Gordon M. Bethune. The move honours Bethune for his achievements in turning around Continental.

A short report and a picture can be found in Airliner World, January issue, page 19.



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Way to go - we need more names on planes!  Wink/being sarcastic


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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 1:43 am

Just checked two other "named" Continental planes.


B757-224 N14106 "Sam E. Ashmore"


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B737-724 N27733 "Sir Samuel J. LeFrak"


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Apparently the names are gone - why didn't they keep them on the aircraft?



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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:33 am

No ideas on the disappearance of the names on N14106 and N27733? Who were these guys (Sam E. Ashmore & Samuel J. LeFrak)?


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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:39 am

Don't forget Robert F. Six:


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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:42 am

Nonono, *this* was Robert F. Six.  Big grin


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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:53 am

Bethune deserves the recognition. CO was on life support and had one foot in the grave when he took over. Under his leadership, CO has returned to prominence as one of the most respected legacy carriers in the skies. Naming one of their 777's after GB is a fitting tribute.

I take it that the DC10 that was named after Robert F. Six is no longer in service? If so, I would like to see CO designate one of its aircraft in Six's name to preserve the honor.

I have another suggestion for CO. They should designate each lavatory as the "Lorenzo Room" in recognition of Frank Lorenzo and his "contribution" to the history of CO. After all, he did put Continental in the crapper during his tenure with the airline.
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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:57 am

Definitely Bethune deserves the recognition because he made CO the way it is doing today!!

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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 9:02 am

COFreqFlyer, I stand corrected  Laugh out loud

Don't get us IAH spotters started on how CO should theme (paint) their planes. Let's just say that if America West can do it, Continental can do it!

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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 9:33 am

We did re-designate an aircraft in honor of Bob Six, namely Ship 006, a 777-200ER N77006.

Bethune's 777 is our first of the type, Ship 001, N78001.

Not sure what the deal is with the 757 and 737 special names, I don't recall us ever naming any airplanes after those two gentlemen.

FYI Samuel J. LeFrak was a major commercial developer in New York City who died recently, IIRC.

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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 11:35 am

I concur with some of the other posters. Gordo deserves the recognition. He stepped in when the company was kissing the lips of death and he was able to turn it completely around and literally make CO a powerhouse. Very fitting tribute to his work there at Continental.
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RE: Continental B777 Named After Gordon M. Bethune

Fri Dec 17, 2004 1:04 pm

Yah, echoing 777gk, N77006 was named after Robert Six after N68060 was retired. I also have a pic of it from when I caught him in EWR a few weeks ago. Here it is:


Unfortunately, I haven't as yet had the privilege of flying on 006 yet, and when the pic of 060 shown above was taken (sometime in the mid 80s, at HNL), I didn't think to take a picture of the plaque onboard, which I understand was moved over to 006. I do hope that one of these days I will be able to get a picture of the plaques onboard *both* aircraft, and of course will post here on a.net.

Farging Lorenzo, although if it weren't for him, CO would be known as Texas International Airlines, or at least that's what I vaguely recall.

I was sitting at the IAH terminal here a year ago when Gordon (the man) just returned to IAH from CLE, and was walking down the concourse in terminal C. I didn't think of it right at the time, but I really wish I would have stopped him and thanked him for doing the turnaround of the airline.

Maybe next time.  Smile
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