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.

    Flair Airlines reported (05-Sep-2019) an average passenger load factor of 92% for Jul-2019 and Aug-2019. Flair Airlines CEO Jim Scott:

    The carrier is “delighted” with the “rapidly growing number of Canadians who have flocked to Flair this summer”, adding it has established itself as the “place to go for low fares” and “great service” and is “already recognising many return customers”.

    Azul CEO John Rodgerson on the carrier’s traffic highlights for Aug-2019:

     “Once again we grew capacity by double digits and increased our load factor, demonstrating a robust demand environment. We recently received our 31st A320neo and look forward to receiving our first Embraer E-2 in the coming weeks, both key drivers of margin expansion going forward”. 

    Kenya Airways Group CEO and MD Sebastian Mikosz said the future ownership structure of the airline is “a pending big question”:

    “Any future decisions concerning our network, investment in the airport, fleet, and recruitment are all linked to how we will be defined as a company in the next years”.

    IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac:

    There are a “host of environmental taxes planned or under consideration in Europe” which makes it seem that “governments are more interested in taxing aviation than partnering with industry to make it sustainable.” IATA reported the aviation industry is “working hard to ensure that the environmental costs of all travel are minimised”, noting that the industry’s overall net emissions will be capped from 2020 onwards.

    Avianca Holdings CEO Anko van der Werff on his appointment as CEO: 

    “It’s like a pilot taking command of an aircraft in mid-flight amidst a storm”. Mr van der Werff said the carrier is in the current financial situation because “the company took steps larger than its legs to grow at any cost” adding “We don’t want to compete in price and volume with LCCs because we don’t want to be low cost”.