WesternA318
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Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:43 pm

I decided to revive this thread and heres my answers:

Best:

CR Smith/Bob Six/Don Nyrop/Harris Hanshue/Jack Frye/CE Woolman/Juan Trippe/Bill Patterson
for the founding fathers of the US Airline Industry

Doug Parker

Larry Kellner

Gordon Bethune

J. Ralph Atkin

Robert Crandall

Bill Compton (he tried...)

Richard Branson

Howard Hughes

Terry Drinkwater - For turning Western around in 1949

Harding Lawrence - Both at CO and BN

George Baker of National Airlines I.


Worst:

Carl icahn - Because I worked for TWA and he ROYALLY raped us

Frank Lorenzo - nuff said

Gerry Grinstein/Ron Allen - Allowing Western to die off in Delta's care.

Steenland - nuff said again

Ed Acker/Najeeb Halaby - A bunch of REAL winners here...

Dave Neeleman/Jeff Potter - Personal reasons.
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:00 pm

Mr. Tvrdik - Czech Airlines ex-CEO 2003-2005. Political appointee with NO clue about civil aviation who "managed" to bring the airline into deep red numbers in less than two years. What a loser.  thumbsdown   thumbsdown   thumbsdown 
 
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:13 am

Doug Parker is going on my worst list now, hes really trying to screw everyone over now that hes merger happy.
 
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:35 am

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):
Doug Parker is going on my worst list now, hes really trying to screw everyone over now that hes merger happy.

 checkmark   checkmark   checkmark   checkmark   checkmark   checkmark  Thank you!
Way to fu** over Delta, Doug.
Best is definitely Jerry Grinstein. Really helped Delta turnaround from a deep hole. He boosted Delta's service with PTV's, leather seats, and food as well.
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:52 am

Doug Parker is the most GREEDY CEO ever. Definately the worst.

The best: Gerald Grinstien. Stop the evil forces of US Airways!
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:32 pm

Quoting WesternA318 (Thread starter):
Best:



Quoting WesternA318 (Thread starter):
Richard Branson

 rotfl 

The only European airline CEO in your list.

What exactly has Branson done to warrant inclusion on the list? VS was close to bankruptcy twice - once saved by Branson's selling his music interests and the other time saved when SQ brought their 49% stake. Yet VS is still a small airline with less than 40 aircraft and very vulnerable if BII is scrapped. Branson is not known for his generosity, VS staff are poorly paid when compared with their counterparts, so that Branson can swell his family's coffers.

As regards Virgin Blue, this feasted on the corpse of Ansett and its success is attributable to Branson's non-interferrence. The present board has gone on record and said that he never turns up at any board meeting, yet he happily criticises the way the airline is run from his London home.

There are countless other UK airline CEOs who have done far more in a year for civil aviation than Branson over 21 years - e.g. Sir Freddie Laker the real pioneer of low-cost, low-frills airlines and inventor of ad-hoc charters that brought flying to the masses; Lord King of Warnaby who turned BA from a loss-making state-subsidised goliath to one of the most profitable and respected airlines in the world; Sir Adam Thomson who constantly battled for the right of UK independent airlines to be allowed to compete against state-owned enterprises; Stelios who founded U2; Rod Eddington who nursed BA through post 9/11, SARS, competition against LCCs on their home turf and petro-dollar funded middle eastern airlines and subsidised US carriers internationally; Michael O'Leary who transformed FR from a small Irish loss-making airline into Europe's largest LCC; even the CEOs of Monarch, Thomas Cook, First Choice etc deserve more respect and recognition than Branson does.

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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:45 am

How is Doug the worst CEO ever? Whether or not the DL merger goes through, he's instigated a change in the airline industry. One thing is for sure, nothing will remain status quo now. Consolidation in the airline industry is necessary for airlines to gain back their pricing power. Whether or not you think DL and US are a good match is irrelevant. Doug has the guts to make the first move, in what are sure to be several more moves by other airlines in the coming months. For that, I think Doug Parker should rank up with the best of airline CEOs.
 
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:05 am

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):
Doug Parker is going on my worst list now, hes really trying to screw everyone over now that hes merger happy.



Quoting Evan767 (Reply 3):
Way to fu** over Delta, Doug.



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 4):
Doug Parker is the most GREEDY CEO ever. Definately the worst.

Agree with all of you.
 
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:48 am

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 6):
How is Doug the worst CEO ever?

Where have you been for the past three days?? He's looking to purchase Delta and make a company with 75,000 employees while Delta currently employs 65,000 employees. That means huge layoffs! My mother might lose her job with Delta.
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Sun Nov 19, 2006 3:57 am

Christian Blanc, CEO of Air France in the '90s. Basically bought the airline from the absolute brink of bankruptcy and introduced many successful measures (the CDG hub, La Navette and the 777s).

Michael O'Leary, you have to admit he managed to create Europe's biggest European LCC out of a tiny Irish Regional carrier.

Herb Kelleher- without him I wouldn't be able to afford half the flights I can these days!
 
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:38 pm

Quoting BCAL (Reply 5):
Sir Freddie Laker the real pioneer of low-cost, low-frills airlines and inventor of ad-hoc charters that brought flying to the masses; Lord King of Warnaby who turned BA from a loss-making state-subsidised goliath to one of the most profitable and respected airlines in the world; Sir Adam Thomson who constantly battled for the right of UK independent airlines to be allowed to compete against state-owned enterprises

My bad, I KNEW I forgot a few! Although, I refuse to recognize the importance of LCC's now.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 8):
He's looking to purchase Delta and make a company with 75,000 employees while Delta currently employs 65,000 employees.

Nothing wrong with that, welcome to a free market. If someone can pony up enough cash to buyout the 2nd most worthless airline in the US, then Im all for it, but then again, with 4200 shares of US stock in pocket, theprice is only going up for US.
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:01 pm

Best for NZ would have to be Ralph Norris. Ralph brought NZ back from the verge of going bust to ordering the best aircraft on the market and made his staff proud to work for NZ
 
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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:10 pm

For me as an Swiss guy it would be the whole old SR bunch.....  box 

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RE: Bestand Worst Airline CEO's Pt. II

Mon Nov 20, 2006 1:48 am

Doug Parker!!!! The good employees of DL do not deserve to lose there jobs. They were great through the Ch. 11 and always managed a smile. That guy needs to take a few nothches off his belt.
Otherwise Frank Lorenzo of the old CO was an A$$ as well.

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