Jeff Smisek does well, UA doesn’t.

Here we go again.  United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek has done very, very well in creating the world’s largest airline between his merger incentives and compensation.  Well enough to anger unions who represent labor forces that are touchy about executive compensation already.  His executive team has also done extremely well.

But UA still isn’t consistently earning money and it has had a rockier time in integrating the operations of United and Continental airlines.  Mot recently, the reservations migration provided a less than stunning experience for customers.

The standard for smooth mergers remains Delta/Northwest and one can hardly expect all of them to go that well.  But it will leave people asking if, once again, airline executive teams aren’t getting compensated a bit prematurely as well as for milestones that don’t show a consistently profitable airline.

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One Response to “Jeff Smisek does well, UA doesn’t.”

  1. “The standard for smooth mergers remains Delta/Northwest and one can hardly expect all of them to go that well.”

    Maybe not, but we can surely ask *why* so few of them do… This aint’ rocket surgery; treat people fairly, and that includes the people who actually perform the real work that airlines do, not just the Suits who fancy themselves the Raison d’Etre

    -R

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