Some New Yorkers were a bit displeased to see a sign put up at the Cortlandt Street R subway stop above ground zero for United Airlines reading “You’re going to like where we land.” The last flight to land at the location was United Flight 175, which struck the south tower on September 11th. This has not been a great week for United, which had to apologize for reinstating the flight numbers for the flights that crashed into the World Trade Center and at Shankville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
United blamed the use of the prior flight numbers on a technical glitch and the ad at ground zero on a third party vendor.
Flight numbers 93 and 175 were mistakenly assigned to two flights by Continental Airlines and with the merger of the airlines ended up as United flights.
“You’re Going to Like Where We Land is also the Facebook page of United Airlines where President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smisek promises that this will be “an exciting time for all of us.” I expect many executives are hoping for a less exciting time next week.