Can someone point me to a thread that details the fallout between Neeleman and JetBlue? I'm not aware of how that went down.
As for Neeleman, my perception/belief is that Neeleman's personal hubris/ego is what stokes any notion that he harbors some "logical" grudge vs. B6. Neeleman ought be lauded for founding/launching B6. JFK was a domestic
ghost-town between International Arr/Dep banks w/ the exception of LAX & SFO. Basically, JFK was "stuck" in a pre-deregulation ops World w/ the exception of AA & DL domestic feed. Also, that "feed" circa Feb 2000 looked a lot like TWA & Pan Am---wait---AA basically is TW & DL is PA!
Neeleman seizes upon opportunity & launches a high-quality offering (IFE, Leather seats, new aircraft, etc). However
, & somewhere embedded in the B6 mission-statement is "Bringing Civility Back to Air Travel". Neeleman deservedly enjoyed a fantastical "honeymoon" (6yrs?) and a horrific Valentine's
The law of "unintended consequences" bit Neeleman when he, as the face of B6, believed an ice-storm wouldn't impact his personal B6 "Founder" hot-streak. This single "meltdown" exposed how lacking B6 was in regards to "back-end" management (it could've been avoided) & front-line crisis response (it didn't exist). Furthermore...the "consequences" were that real-time social media streaming was just coming into vogue...hence the notoriety of the crisis, and
ultimately, this crisis was a flash-point wherein the Passenger Rights "movement" gained significant traction...not much "Civility" occurred on that day or for many days thereafter. It basically exposed B6's most critical weakness...Neeleman's hubris of "JetBlue is all GO at JFK, while all the other airlines canceled their flights last night!!!" & B6 was utterly ill-equipped for when the public-eye turned negative & were clueless as to how to respond. Ultimately, Neeleman accepted full blame & began to advocate how "from this day forward...never again!!" & B6 introduced a "Bill of Rights" to it's pax's etc. Unfortunately for Neeleman his ego caught up w/ him & B6 had outgrown it & could dispose of him...and so it did. Perhaps Neeleman believes he deserved better or at least a chance at redemption...but it happened on his watch & at his direction & completely contradicted the Civility Back To Air Travel mantra.
Does Neeleman secretly detest B6's current management...Or...has sufficient time passed for him to accept his failings in regards to this specific instance that caused his undoing? No question Neeleman is to be praised as a uber successful "builder"---B6 & Azul. Yet gaining "entry" back into B6 via hostile means...NO. Gaining entry in 5 years after Moxy, perhaps flourishes, and a merger occurs...Yes, that is plausible. As for unhappy B6 employees who hide behind a keyboard & populate negativity in forums such as these...well, I suspect if Neeleman were to walk in as your "savior" tomorrow...he'd review the "books" & you'd be equally dissatisfied w/ how much of that change in Management you desire, resulted in no change at all.