Plane lands in the Hudson River. Everyone survives. Which airline do you trust now?

I watched this live today. A USAIR pilot was forced to land in the Hudson river. This was a triumph of experience and expertise.

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger had at least 30 years of experience flying with the airline. He is now the official brand icon of USAIR. My new favorite airlline. He is a star. His courage and judgement gave New York a very much needed happy ending to an airplane-based drama.

Here’s my idea. We go to the pilots’ union and offer them more based on how much experience they have. seriously, i would pay a premium to fly only with experienced pilots.

2 responses to “Plane lands in the Hudson River. Everyone survives. Which airline do you trust now?

  1. I’m curious what the average amount of experience major airline pilots have. Really have no idea. But if it varies, you are correct that it’s a huge, huge selling point right now.

  2. well the funny thing is that “Sully” conformed exactly to the ideal pilot. former Navy pilot turned airline pilot. with thirty years flying under his belt. a commanding figure.

    the funny thing was, as an ad guy, when i first heard it was USAIR, i was ready to attribute the apparent “failure” of the brand to the brand itself. And i couldn’t imagine a successful outcome. but within hours i was cheering for USAIR and Sully like it was a bad Stallone movie. come to life!

    Joe Pytka should shoot the recreation.

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