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Robert Six

Businessman
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Born Jun 25, 1907
Hometown City of Stockton
Died Oct 6, 1986
Death Place Old Los Angeles
Other Names Robert Forman Six

Robert Forman Six was the CEO of Continental Airlines from 1936 to 1981. Six's career began in the earliest days of U.S. commercial aviation. His determined, scrappy, risk-taking nature paid off for Continental Airlines, the company that would for forty-five years be forged in his image. Owing in large part to the foundation laid by Six, Continental became one of the largest and most profitable legacy airlines in the world.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1907 Birth Born on June 25, 1907.

TWENTIES

1929 22 Years Old After about 10 hours aloft, he received pilot's license (number 5772) in 1929, at the age of 22. … Read More
1934 27 Years Old Though many credit Six with being the founder of Continental Airlines, the airline's history dates to 1934 when it was operated under the name of Varney Speed Lines by its owners Walter Varney and Louis Mueller. … Read More

THIRTIES

1937 30 Years Old In July 1937, Robert Six changed the name of Varney Speed Lines to Continental Airlines and the carrier moved its headquarters to Denver, Colorado, which would become the airline's central hub for the next 55 years. … Read More

FORTIES

1953 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953, Continental merged with Pioneer Airlines, gaining access to 16 more cities in Texas and New Mexico. … Read More

FIFTIES

1959 52 Years Old …  Continental was one of the first operators of the Boeing 707, taking delivery of its first 707s in spring of 1959. … Read More
1960 53 Years Old Six and Merman divorced in 1960.
1961 54 Years Old In 1961 in Honolulu, Six married Hollywood star Audrey Meadows of The Honeymooners television fame (Meadows played the role of Alice Kramden). … Read More
1963 56 Years Old In 1963, Continental moved its headquarters from Denver to Los Angeles. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1969 62 Years Old In a separate route award, Continental was selected to serve the route from the Pacific Northwest to San Jose and Ontario, California. 1969 saw the introduction of service from Los Angeles to Honolulu/Hilo; Continental's first Boeing 747s arrived in May 1970.
1971 64 Years Old DC-10s were added to the fleet in 1971, affording Continental the ability to carry its burgeoning traffic on key routes between Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, and Seattle. … Read More
1974 67 Years Old Continental's 747 services from Chicago and Denver to Los Angeles and Honolulu set the standard for service in the western U.S. When asked by one Denver customer service agent in 1974 why he flew Continental wherever he could, Hollywood legend Henry Fonda remarked, "This operation is class; strictly class!" Ironically, during the 1970s Continental's 747 service was short-lived, the airline having concluded that the DC-10 was better suited to the route structure and passenger loads.
1978 71 Years Old After the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, like many U.S. carriers, Continental expanded rapidly. … Read More
1981 74 Years Old In 1981, Texas Air Corporation, controlled by airline industry entrepreneur Frank Lorenzo, acquired a controlling interest in Continental Airlines following a contentious battle for control with Continental's management, including Six and then-president Al Feldman, who were adamant in their resistance to Lorenzo. … Read More
1982 75 Years Old However, Texas Air prevailed, and in June 1982, Texas International merged into Continental Airlines. … Read More
1986 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In spite of labor friction and turmoil resulting from the acquisition, by the time of Six's death in 1986, the airline he molded and forged had become one of the largest airlines in the U.S. Continental's innovative and popular services centered on the busy Denver, Houston, and New York/Newark hubs. … Read More
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