If you know anything about United CEO Scott Kirby, you know that he is never shy about giving his opinions. Knowing that, I was pretty happy to get 20 minutes with Scott when he was in Long Beach at the APEX Expo on November 30.
Since this was happening right after the Thanksgiving weekend, I had to start with Omicron. We then went on to what he says is how the airline industry is measuring operational performance all wrong. And then we closed with a look at the future of regionals. After the recording stopped, I said to Scott that it sounds like he’s just having a lot of fun right now, and he enthusiastically agreed. It’s quite something to see such an engaged, energized, and directed airline CEO these days.
I have to apologize for not being better at cleaning up recordings. There is a little bit of echo (far better than it was before I did edits), but there is also some background noise from people coming in and out of the room that I just couldn’t easily get rid of. So, sorry about that, but I’m sure you’ll still find this worth your 20 minutes.
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