As we end the week at Live and Let’s Fly, I want to conclude on a lighthearted note.
Last week at United’s media day, I stumped both United CEO Oscar Munoz and President Scott Kirby with an easy question. Seriously.
After morning presentations, Munoz and Kirby returned before lunch to hold a question and answer session.
My question was simple: what is your personal favorite destination on the United route map?
Not a very probing question, I know, but sometimes these personal interest questions prove the most interesting.
I could see by their chuckles that both Munoz and Kirby were surprised by the light question.
Munoz was holding the microphone and hesitated a few seconds before answering.
“That’s like asking me to choose my favorite destination. I like them all!”
Fair enough, though I think he must have a favorite, even if it is just coming home to LA. I love so many places, but there’s nothing like touching down in Frankfurt and seeing the familiar Lufthansa Technik hangars out the window.
It really wasn’t a trick question…I wasn’t coaxing him into saying Hong Kong or Taiwan to infuriate the Chinese press in the room.
Munoz passed the mic over to Kirby.
“My favorite United destination is anywhere I have not been before, especially when my wife is traveling with me.”
Two dodges to an easy question. Well, at least they were good-natured about it…