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Mase Taylor
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Business week talks about JetBlue
      #146093 - 03/05/07 05:05 PM


"Some years ago, a charismatic entrepreneur started a low-cost airline to reinvent the flying experience. With its hub at an underserved New York-area airport, the upstart carrier became the talk of the industry and grew so fast that in a few years it ranked as fifth-largest. Its founder was lauded as a visionary.

JetBlue Airways Corp.? Actually, it was now-defunct People Express Airlines, which like JetBlue enjoyed meteoric growth in its early years. After JetBlue's meltdown at JFK Airport during a Valentine's Day ice storm, which left hundreds of passengers stuck on planes for as much as 11 hours, the parallels are even more striking: At both, rapid expansion outstripped management's ability to keep everything together".

Fly The Airplane As Far Into The Crash As Possible. - Bob Hoover 1922-2016 R.I.P.

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Randy Sohn
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Re: Business week talks about JetBlue [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #146159 - 03/06/07 09:13 AM

Mase - Yup, like I'd said, read book "Hard Landing".

best, randy

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Richard Duxbury (Dux)
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Re: Business week talks about JetBlue [Re: Randy Sohn]
      #146856 - 03/11/07 09:47 AM

Ya, and to also note, after some years of sweatheart deals for new airbus aircraft -they are now needing normal maintenance and I'm not sure the lease deals are quite so good.

Hard to staff an airline for 70-80% load factors and then attempt to operate in bad weather with 100% (plus) load factors.

Time will shake out some of the various problems with the commercial passenger carriers in the US. Mergers, very high load factors, increased fares, and overall, not a good time to be employed by many of these carriers. (IMO), shared by some of my family still employed with massive pay cuts, reduced medical/pension stuff and terrible work schedules.

Nice to be retired and (thanks to a lot of work by Northwest and it's employees -and congress), still getting a pension.

Still, a merger and different contractual stuff could change that situation (but I hope not likely)


Dux from sunny and warm Tucson

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