First I would have to have some opinions from all the Board of Directors and Managers.
1. What did they really think of Richard Anderson?
2. Was Steenland put in place with the direct job of getting the concessions Anderson started even to the point of BK? You have to remember that for at least two years it was obvious that the only way legacies could survive was through BK. Some simply didn't see it coming or would do anything to avoid it. Fuel prices robbed them of choice and time.
3. Did Andersen's slow and easy "just read the papers" way to convince the rank and file that concessions were necessary do no more than placate the forces that all was well and achieve just the opposite as desired? How much did union hot air postering rhetoric negate that attempt at real education?
4. Was Anderson let go because he could not stomach what was coming and did not want to be "the bad cop" or was it simply the MUCH bigger salary with United Health?
5. In retrospect, with their different approach, could NW
have gotten to the same place as AA
are now as opposed to NW
and in fact will that be enough to get them by without BK?
6. How much did the Checchi/Wilson leveraged buyout and it's equity disposal system actually push NW
to where they are today?
7. As opposed to the old NW
cash system did the new schools "borrow from Peter to pay Paul and pay it back anytime but now" bite them back more than practices at other carriers?
After I had those opinions a more objective case for your answer might appear. Then after all that, I would like an independent money manager and some Harvard business school types to analyze those answers. But not new ones. I would want those that know what deregulation was and truly what a Legacy has for baggage.
No one loves the messenger that brings really bad news. What REALLY are Steenland's motives and what IS
the business plan for NW
other than shrink to profitability? Has NW
actually done a complete turnaround and is willing (read unable) to continue chasing the old "market share is everything" business model? Does he really think what will happen if NW
gets what they want will make his pariah coat worth wearing. Only time will tell. We already know he has no leadership persona like Bethune and even less employee enhancing charisma. BK guidance lawyers only make both of those facts worse. Anderson and Steenland are direct opposites as far as the employees are concerned.
What is demanded of the Captain of this
Titanic only history will tell.