- Feb 16, 2007
I think it is safe to say that Mr. Bethune is also mourning this unimaginable loss. It was his vision and leadership that transformed Continental Express from operating turbo prop airframes to becoming an all jet fleet. He provided Jim Ream with the resources necessary to operate close to 300 airplanes to destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. There were over 1000 flights per day averaging more than 1 million passengers per month during the glory days. We always had the best mechanics and the highest level of maintenance reliability in the industry. Our crew members and support staff did a phenomenal job with regards to performance, second to no other. Gordon recognized our success, he appreciated us and rewarded us for our exceptional efforts. Continental Airlines was never the same without Gordon, and United would have been a far better airline with his leadership. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude. We should also take great pride in our accomplishments. As a pilot in my 21st year with ExpressJet it has been a privilege and a pleasure being part of this great team of coworkers. I will forever cherish the memories and I wish you all the very best in the next chapter life presents you with.As a 30+ year MX employee, I would like to thank all of my co-workers for making sure our aircraft were safe to fly for our passengers and our onboard employees. I also wish the best of luck to each of them in their future endeavors, be it in aviation or another vocation. For me, it's been one hell of a ride, good and bad, but I'd do it again. I wonder if Gordon will shed a tear over the news? God speed, everyone!
THE END. RIP EXPRESSJET