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.

    British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) responded to British Airways (BA) CEO Alex Cruz’s personal promise to reach a resolution, stating that he has not yet accepted the union’s offer to meet for talks. BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: 

    “It’s disappointing that Mr Cruz has not replied to us having promised to get involved. This dispute will only be settled, and these strikes will only be called off, when BA improve their offer enough to satisfy their pilots. Until BA indicate that they are willing to do that, there is absolutely no point in any talks”.

    Airbus announced AirAsia X finalised a firm order for an additional 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes stated:

    The A321XLR “offers the longest flying range of any single aisle aircraft and will enable us to introduce services to new destinations”, adding the new orders will enable the group to “build further on our market leading position in this fast growing sector”. The contract increases the number of A330neos ordered by the carrier to 78, its fleet consists of 622 A320 aircraft.

    AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes on the use of biofuels within the group:

    “We as an airline would like to do more in biofuels. We cannot do it alone. So, it is great that Airbus supports our vision of trying to get biofuels into the aircraft”, adding, “Hopefully, that dream is not so far away with Airbus’ support”. 

    IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac cautioned that the rise of anti-aviation sentiment poses an immediate challenge to efforts to grow aviation’s benefits, while addressing its climate responsibilities. Mr de Juniac noted:

    The introduction of “environmental taxes that penalise airlines and air travellers” but do little to support the aviation industry’s emissions reduction efforts, particularly in Europe. According to Mr de Juniac, IATA has “yet to see any aviation environmental tax actually being used to help reduce aviation’s environmental impacts”.