tphuang wrote:At times like this, UA's actions will be very prudent. Keep in mind, I do believe that UA is hurting from this more than AA due to the fact that UA's strength Asia and continental Europe are the most effected spots. That's also why strong leadership is needed at this time. And I think UA employees have a lot to thank for with Kirby in charge.
I've been with UA since 1996 and I have to admit yesterday I was very impressed with Kirby. He was prepared to answer Wall Streets questions and he also came prepared to answer the economical questions asked at yesterday's town hall.
Having worked for UA through the bankruptcy years, SARS, and the 2008-2009 recession I've become accustom to UA executives being unprepared for events like this. As a result they can't answer any of Wall Streets questions and they basically avoid explaining anything to employees resulting in UA getting caught in a downward spiral and we are always the last to recover.
Listening to what Kirby stated yesterday although UA could have never predicted this event it is nice to know UA is prepared, and we have a great financial team in place here. Also he made it clear UA isn't just standing by we are actively taking steps within the financial side of the business making sure UA remains on sound financial footing through this crisis.
As an employee it is kind of surreal seeing this because we are not use to having this type of leadership here at UA. Even when I talk to employees who have 30, 40, even 50 years they all seem hopeful that history will not repeat itself here at UA because we finally have a leadership team that first and foremost cares about United Airlines and secondly they seem to know what they are doing.