The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
Ethiopia exceeds 200,000 e-visa arrivals
Ethiopian Airlines announced (16-Oct-2019) more than 200,000 travellers visited Ethiopia using the country’s e-visa service since the system was introduced in Jun-2017. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam commented: “This will bring more benefits to Ethiopia in terms of facilitating travel and promoting tourism, trade and investment to the country”.
Flybe to rebrand as Virgin Connect in 2020
Flybe announced (15-Oct-2019) plans to rebrand as Virgin Connect in 2020. Connect Airways CEO Mark Anderson commented: “We will remain true to our heritage and reason for being, which is offering essential regional connectivity to local communities. At its heart, Virgin Connect will be passionately focused on becoming Europe’s most loved and successful regional airline. It will offer travel that is simple and convenient with the personal touch”.
IATA survey finds passengers want technology to improve their travel experience
IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac, speaking at the IATA Global Airport and Passenger Symposium, said (15-Oct-2019) the key finding of the association’s 2019 Global Passenger Survey is that passengers want technology to improve their travel experience. In particular, passengers want to use biometric identification to speed up travel processes and they want to be able to track their baggage. The survey also found 70% of passengers are willing to share additional personal information including their biometric details to speed up processes at the airport. This rises in correlation with the number of flights taken per year.
LOT Polish Airlines: European aviation needs significant transformation
LOT Polish Airlines CEO Rafał Milczarski, speaking at the IATA Global Airline Passenger Summit, said (15-Oct-2019) the carrier believes that European aviation “needs significant transformation and we opt for industry that is fair for all”. Mr Milczarski said for airlines to remain competitive and sustainable and to respond to growing passenger demand, it is “crucial to implement solutions which will be based on cutting-edge technologies”. He noted the investment in the CPK (Solidarity Transport Hub) transport hub means Poland and LOT will “play an important role in shaping the future of the aviation industry in Central and Eastern Europe”, addressing both the industry’s challenges and passengers’ needs by setting new standards in safety control, carbon reduction by use of alternative fuels and artificial intelligence to manage airport operations, while ensuring shorter connecting times and a seamless journey.
Air New Zealand incoming CEO Greg Scott will be ‘unbelievable asset’
Air New Zealand chief revenue officer (CRO) Cam Wallace, speaking at the CAPA New Zealand Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit, stated (16-Oct-2019) incoming Air New Zealand CEO Greg Scott is expected to be with the carrier by 1Q2020, with the induction process to commence “in a few weeks”. Mr Wallace noted Mr Scott is a “passionate kiwi” and will be an “unbelievable asset” to the carrier.
Delta expects USD1bn in revenue from LATAM partnership: CEO
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian stated (10-Oct-2019) the carrier’s partnership with LATAM Airlines is expected to provide USD1 billion in annual revenue during the next five years and also “improve returns in the Latin entity”.