March 15, 2012

Video: Former American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall Interviewed on Charlie Rose

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By: Matt Molnar
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Bob Crandall, the outspoken former CEO of American Airlines, made an appearance on Charlie Rose’s TV show on Tuesday, where he shared insight about a number of issues, ranging from the failure of deregulation to the current state of US infrastructure to the future of American Airlines.

Crandall, who served as American’s CEO from 1985 until 1998, was joined by travel writer Peter Greenberg. Greenberg is fine in his own right, but I would have preferred a full half hour of raw Crandall.

Among the topics touched on in this interesting half hour (with no commercial interruptions, thanks to viewers like you!):

  • How President Bill Clinton saved Lufthansa from bankruptcy by allowing them to codeshare with United
  • Why deregulation was a failed public policy
  • On the best-run airline right now: “I don’t know, but it’s not in the US.”
  • Why the FAA should get out of the air traffic control business