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Bethune To Head United Airlines?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:09 pm

Just pure speculation here, of course. I read a little paragraph in the February 7, 2005 issue of Fortune magazine (page 16, bottom left). While it was just a couple of sentences, it really got me thinking. Bethune could do to UA what he did to CO, and have another success story out of it. What do you all think in regards to the speculation of the writer of this little 'news tidbit'?
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RE: Bethune To Head United Airlines?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:17 pm

Gordon works as a consultant for CO, he still has an office in CO's headquarters. UAL had wooed him in the past when they were healthier, he turned them down.

You absolutley cannot compare the circumstances surrounding Gordon's turn around of CO in the 1990s to UAL's present circumstance, the airline industry has changed forever. None of the legacies are any where near profitability, and the huge wave of economic prosperity which CO rode out of dispair and into success seems like a distant memory.

Gordon offered a merger to UAL a year or two ago but was turned down by UAL's management, if Gordon can find some folks with deep pockets im sure he would much rather be a broker of a CO takeover/merger of UAL. So long as the folks in Houston are running the show.

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RE: Bethune To Head United Airlines?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:18 pm

Supposedly, UAL's unions have made clear to the powers-that-be that they would give Bethune proverbial carte blanche in the event he comes to United - however, given his ego and likely priorities at this stage in his life, I doubt he would come to United unless and until the airline is clearly on a path to imminent bankruptcy emergence.
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RE: Bethune To Head United Airlines?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:24 pm

I am sure that the Elk Grove police would love to see him zip around in his Porsche at 90 mph+ like he did in Houston!

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RE: Bethune To Head United Airlines?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:24 pm

The title of this thread is a bit misleading. I thought there was actually something that would lead us to believe Gordo and UA was possible. That having been said, he turned 'em down once... I doubt he'd do it.
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RE: Bethune To Head United Airlines?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:18 pm

Very doubtful. UA would love him to come aboard but it just doesn't seem like it will happen. Gordo speed? I think he obeys all traffic controls.

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RE: Bethune To Head United Airlines?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:44 pm

Leaving a loss making airline, to work at a bigger loss making airline? I think I would rather go fishing!

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