Publications

  • Reviving Midwest Express: $100 million and a good cookie recipe

    August 19, 2017 | Airlines & Transportation | USA Today | Media mention

    Bringing back Midwest Express, the beloved local airline, as two Wisconsin businessmen are proposing, will be extremely difficult. “Nothing is impossible, but it would certainly be an uphill climb," said Dave Emerson, a partner with Bain & Company and leader of the firm's global airline practice.

  • Chinese aerospace: We are sorry to announce

    November 05, 2016 | Aerospace, Defense & Government Services | The Economist | Media mention

    Over the next 20 years both the European and the American aerospace giants forecast that China will become their biggest single market due to demand for new aircraft by Chinese airlines keen to meet the rising middle classes' desire for air travel. Boeing estimates that China will need 6,810 jets

  • It's time for tough choices

    November 04, 2013 | Aerospace, Defense & Government Services | Aviation Week

    It's time for governments to make tough surgical decisions about where to cut the budget. If that means killing programs, so be it, but don’t undermine all programs to avoid killing a few.

  • A new formula for airline profits

    February 07, 2007 | Industrial Machinery | Forbes.com

    There's never been a more challenging time for airlines: Delta Air Lines, struggling to emerge from bankruptcy protection, fends off a hostile bid; meanwhile, United Airlines, recently reorganized, is talking merger with Continental Airlines.

  • Right away and all at once: How we saved Continental

    August 31, 1998 | Consumer Products | Harvard Business Review

    In '93, when Greg Brenneman (as a Bain VP) started working at Continental Airlines, it was the most dysfunctional company he had ever seen. It had been through 2 bankruptcies and 10 presidents in ten years. There was next to no strategy. The company was burning through money. Employee morale