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Jeff Smisek: United Continental’s King of the Skies

Fortune magazine recently reported on how Jeff Smisek, the new United CEO, will make the United/Continental marriage work: “Take the best from both and bring them together.”
When United and Continental merged last year to create the world’s largest carrier, the official announcements never came out and stated the deal’s true rationale: to blend Continental’s management with United’s scale. That’s one reason former Continental chief Jeff Smisek is CEO of the new company.
In the Fortune interview Smisek talks about the importance of business travelers to United, the importance of their capacity discipline, dealing with the high price of oil, code sharing and dealing with United’s history of nasty labor relations. He maps out his vision for the future.
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