A management employee at United Airlines reached out to me in regards to recent articles I published reflecting how United is reacting to the COVID-19 scare. Through those conversations, we agreed to have them provide their thoughts on the current state of the management culture. In light of the current bailout of the airlines and their performance over the past two decades, the thoughts shared here seem relevant for us, the taxpayer. These thoughts are not my own. I summarize my thoughts at the bottom of the article. The bailout has been […]
Follow me through this timeline here. Yesterday afternoon there was a bunch of noise about Scott Kirby, the President of American Airlines, apparently jumping ship to United Airlines. That was pretty shocking news given that Scott has been by Doug Parker’s side for over 20 years in the airline industry. I wasn’t the only one talking about it. There were a bunch of other bloggers writing about it. I single out Wandering Aramean and View From The Wing’s posts because I had discussions with both of them while the whole […]
Scott Kirby, President of American Airlines, is leaving to take the same position at United. This one kinda came out of left field, but it seems he couldn’t come to terms with the succession plan at American.
While American’s most recent change to a 24-hour refund as opposed to allowing for free 24-hour holds on revenue tickets, it seems like a good time to consider what the future will look like.
It’s been a crazy 36 hours or so of rumors about what American Airlines has planned for 2016. And, while some changes seem “real”, I have doubts about some others. There’s plenty here to believe, question and challenge. What’s your opinion?
American Airline has said quite a few times in the past couple of years that they were heads down and focused on the reservation system integration before considering other changes. On the first earnings call after the res system integration, they’ve given us some big hints about what’s next.
I’m not sure why the folks over at US Airways feel the need to keep giving sound bites. They started out sounding somewhat level-headed, but this recent article goes even further towards crazy. Scott Kirby, the president of US Airways, says that a merger would actually solve the seniority issues that still plague US Airways 7 years after the US/America West merger. “The side that didn’t like it could prevent a joint contract,” Kirby said. In the current effort, by contrast, the process would produce “a joint contract in advance” of the […]