David Neeleman on Charlie Rose

David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue is scheduled to appear on Charlie Rose tonight.


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Lou Quillio on July 24, 2003 - 21:20 Permalink

Great interview. Implicit in Neeleman’s remarks (though Charlie couldn’t get him to say so explicitly) is his belief that traditional carriers probably cannot be fixed &#8212 at least not well enough to compete with JetBlue and Southwest. I think he’s right.

It’s not just about unions. Probably has more to do with debt-load, Byzantine politics that no longer obtain, and broken corporate cultures. Plus their fleets are poorly configured for ever moving away from hub-and-spoke, which any frequent air traveler can see has scaled-out as far as it can.

James Fallows elaborates in the December 2001 Atlantic Monthly. (Been awhile since I first read the piece, but I recall that it’s right on-topic.)