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Old 29th Jun 2016, 18:06   #21 (permalink)
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How many times have people had the thought, "ahhhh a breath of fresh air this new person will be, they'll sort it out" and yet, as time ticks inexorably by, the same intractable mindset of reduced accountability, cultural adjustment and finally punitive measures ensures the more things change, the more they stay the same.
This guy will be do his best to make his mark until he crosses the wrong Habibi at which point he will fall into line, or leave, it's all so depressingly predictable.
MM, I agree with you on most guys, but would like to point out a few key differences when it comes to Muller:

1. He allegedly quit Malaysian because he couldn't cope with the corruption. In my book that means that he is sincere in his way of doing things. (I know that he is ruthless, but al least he seems to believe in what he is doing). Also, Sheik A probably knows this as well..
2. Other guys where people might have been thinking "a breath of fresh air" usually aren't coming in the company directly at this high of a position, with the task of thinning out the weeds... Muller isn't exactly on a position like TCAS, MM (training), JA or Dunnowho. He will be hired in the highes echelons of Emirates. The only 'habibi' he will have to answer to is called Maktoum, the other guy will be TC.
3. Rumor is that EK has a complete hiring stop (apart from pilots)... Seems that they do know their overhead of Costa staff is too high.

So yes, I might be naive, but I am quite curious on what's going on, and I don't think this is necessarily a negative evolution...
Then again, I'm not holding my breath...

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Old 30th Jun 2016, 04:13   #22 (permalink)
 
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Should be fun to watch if this is the case.
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Old 30th Jun 2016, 11:19   #23 (permalink)
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CTO is a group position, so me thinks EG CTO makes EK CEO a lame duck. I think it is a strategic move to change group's direction without changing leadership.

My hope CM brings PR spending under control. $2.7 Billion just to keep few fanboys happy. Sport sponsorships are a OK, but recent ad campaigns didn't do any good. Even top subscriptions to rating agencies not resulting in positive feedback. Most of its social media effort is dedicated to putting down negative comments and sanitizing posts.

Employee and customer satisfaction is going down while money is flowing out at a faster rate.

CM's MH experience should help him with dealing state owned enterprises(I know EK is a pure commercial organization), ie., there will be some whom he cannot touch.

With 95,000 total and very few core EK employees, it is very difficult to judge if EG is lean or bloated.

dnata is growing globally and adding rapidly to the employee count.

Hopefully he will increase FC and CC counts.
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Quiet naive to think that things will get better...
EK is a lost ship and we will be shafted more...
The clear statement of not increasing the package is the direction Ek is moving...
We will have to safe more... and guys I bet you they will also start looking into the provident fund, housing allowance, schooling...
He is not to come to make us happy... he is to come to transform the airline in an even bigger cash cow...
Better brace for the things to come...

Good luck to those that are still happy and have no exit plan...
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EK is a lost ship ...
Now what would that be supposed to mean?
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Old 30th Jun 2016, 12:36   #26 (permalink)
 
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The Indian mafia will sort him out with their lying cheating back handing arrangements. They won't like interference.
He'll have his work cut out.
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Old 30th Jun 2016, 14:39   #27 (permalink)
 
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Which begs the question: who will have more pull.... Mueller or AAR? Therein lies your answer whether things will change

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Old 30th Jun 2016, 19:10   #28 (permalink)
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EK is a highly leveraged enterprise
Arm length entities no longer able to prop up EK
Kuwait and Saudi probably stopped no interest, no schedule loans
Dubai never had money
(and)
CM is a crisis manager.
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Interesting bit of info from a source close to the finance side of things, allegedly away from the obviously premium heavy routes to the UK and certain parts in the east, the 380 is haemorrhaging money as it is flying around heavy in Y, but very light in J and F, watch this space for changes in the network makeup.
Note the word allegedly as this info is at best second hand, but plays to the narrative regarding CM having a crisis to solve.
BTW this post is about revenue, and not a tractor v bus argument!
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Old 1st Jul 2016, 14:15   #30 (permalink)


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Maybe he's just coming to sort out the tablet issues. If they let him do his job, it should be resolved by 8am the day he arrives.
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Would be looking at everything to do with cost and efficiency. He'll probably get a team of guys to help him.
On paper Pilots should be OK as there's not much blood left to get out of the stone .....
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Interesting bit of info from a source close to the finance side of things, allegedly away from the obviously premium heavy routes to the UK and certain parts in the east, the 380 is haemorrhaging money as it is flying around heavy in Y, but very light in J and F, watch this space for changes in the network makeup.
Note the word allegedly as this info is at best second hand, but plays to the narrative regarding CM having a crisis to solve.
BTW this post is about revenue, and not a tractor v bus argument!
..... what a groundbreaking discovery (sigh)
No one could possibly have seen this coming .....
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International consultancy companies have been banging on the castle doors for years trying to get in to solve the problem(s) here and have been politely shown the door each and every time. Finally, it seems, EK has realized that they can no longer continue on the past business model to insure success in the future. It may be too late. Good luck.
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The Indian mafia will sort him out with their lying cheating back handing arrangements. They won't like interference.
He'll have his work cut out.
It might go to penalties but I predict Germany will still win.
A friend in HQ sent me this. It gets better the longer you watch.

https://vimeo.com/109234717

It's obvious from the video Muller won't trust any numbers he gets from Finance.
Close the door. Enjoy the flight...
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It might go to penalties but I predict Germany will still win.
A friend in HQ sent me this. It gets better the longer you watch.

https://vimeo.com/109234717

It's obvious from the video Muller won't trust any numbers he gets from Finance.
Close the door. Enjoy the flight...
Very interesting. Would love to hear his thoughts on why he has decided to leave Malaysian early.
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Old 4th Jul 2016, 03:58   #36 (permalink)
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Interesting video

I especially like the part where he says that in basically all cases, change can't be accomplished with the current management. He talks the talk, let's see if he can walk the walk.

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Very interesting indeed. In short, the owners/management are often incompetent, they are liars and should involve their employees through a collective labor agreements/unions in order to achieve the best turnaround result. Good luck at EK, Mueller!

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Very interesting indeed. In short, the owners/management are often incompetent, they are liars and should involve their employees through a collective labor agreements/unions in order to achieve the best turnaround result. Good luck at EK, Mueller!
There's going to be years of infighting, back stabbing and finger pointing etc. All around the most incompetent managers that can't be fired, because they "own" the airline. On top of it all I highly doubt STC will allow the reality of his total failure at executive leadership over the last years be his legacy. So more obstruction.

He failed/resigned at Malaysian and I don't think his odds at EK are much better.

Good luck indeed. I'm so happy I'm out of here.
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Old 4th Jul 2016, 14:47   #39 (permalink)
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EK still generates significant revenue so wisely spent it can be a turned around. Question is how Emiratis/Mueller take control back from Brits and Indians. Traditionally, Emairatis treat sub-continent folks badly, but at EK British/Indians are treating everyone else badly. I still cannot figure out how these relationships formed.

Timing is perfect because most of the British PR/media/fans who would be fighting this from outside are reeling from BREXIT vote.

Mueller never stood a chance at MH because Malaysia hired him just as a face saving measure and not to fix the company.

I wound't call his MH gig a failure.
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I met Christoph Mueller a decade ago when he was with Hapag-Lloyd/TUI. His job was to create a pan european low cost airline out of the several independent TUI carrier. Finally he got stalled by TUI management which deemed his investment plan negative. Interestingly, they kind of do the same thing now with one aviation. Anyhow, he was well respected within the company and had a clear plan how to run the shop. Hope he is successful at EK. I think MH has some strong, financial connections that he was not to touch, therefore the resignment on own will.
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