Your weekly travel and aviation Quote-a

    The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.

    Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar on the resignation of Rupert Hogg as CEO and Paul Loo as chief customer and commercial officer:

    “Recent events have called into question Cathay Pacific’s commitment to flight safety and security and put our reputation and brand under pressure… we, therefore, think it is time to put a new management team in place who can reset confidence and lead the airline to new heights”. He reiterated Cathay Pacific is “fully committed” to Hong Kong under the principle of ‘One Country Two Systems’, adding the carrier is “confident that Hong Kong will have a great future.”

    ZeroAvia CEO Val Miftakhov on plans to supply its zero emission, hydrogen fuelled electric powertrain to commercial operators and aircraft manufacturers in 2022: 

    “Using hydrogen produced from local renewable energy is the most practical way to enable zero emission aircraft of commercially meaningful size”, adding, “It will also be more economical than conventional turbine engines, or even the battery-based systems, on the total cost basis”.

    RwandAir CEO Yvonne Manzi Makolo on the signing of an air services agreement by the governments of Rwanda and Brazil:

    “We can now concretely put Brazil in our plan for future expansion”. Ms Makolo added: “If there is one country we would like to start with entering South America, it is definitely Brazil”.

    Rolls-Royce Power Systems CEO Andreas Schell signing an LoI regarding the ‘power-to-x’ research initiative into green fuels in eastern Germany: 

    “Synthetic fuels are a decisive factor in energy transition and the use of renewable energies. They are an essential element in the urgently needed sector coupling – the close interconnecting of the individual parts of the energy system, such as electricity and mobility, for example, in addition to heating and cooling”.

    World Travel & Tourism Council president and CEO Gloria Guevara said the conversion of Mexico City Santa Lucia Airbase to handle commercial operations is not feasible:

    “We have the need for a quality airport… the experts I interact with from the ACI [also] do not believe the airport is feasible”. She added that the impacts of the cancellation of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) will be felt in “about five years, we are setting ourselves in a great competitive disadvantage”.