The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
JetBlue Airways ‘disappointed’ with US, EU decision on Airbus tariffs
JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes said the carrier is “disappointed” with the decision between the US and the EU to introduce tariffs on Airbus equipment (Seeking Alpha, 22-Oct-2019). He noted this decision will be “detrimental for JetBlue and the US airline industry as a whole”, adding it is hoped that the US and EU will achieve a “fair trade deal” which will make the “punitive and harmful tariffs unnecessary”. The tariffs will “ultimately lead to higher fares and less choice to our customers”, he said, noting that though it is “still too early” to discuss changes to the carrier’s existing order book, it will “stay disciplined” with its capital deployment.
Finnair has not experienced ‘any impact’ on traffic and passenger figures from flight shaming
Finnair CEO Topi Manner reported the carrier has not experienced “any impact on our traffic figures or number of passengers” due to flight shaming movements (Skift, 22-Oct-2019). Mr Manner said passengers “are very interested about how to make aviation more sustainable” and the carrier is “definitely working on that one all the time”.
Air New Zealand to launch nonstop Auckland-New York, suspend Los Angeles-London
Air New Zealand announced (23-Oct-2019) plans to launch three times weekly nonstop Auckland–New York Newark service with Boeing 787-9 equipment, effective Oct-2020. Air New Zealand acting CEO Jeff McDowall reported growth to New Zealand is strongest from North America and the airline’s new Chicago service “is exceeding expectations”. The carrier additionally plans to suspend seven times weekly Los Angeles-London service, effective Oct-2020 to “free up aircraft capacity to make this milestone a reality”.
Qantas CEO: There is plenty of enthusiasm for Project Sunrise
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce reported “there’s plenty of enthusiasm for [Project] Sunrise, but it’s not a foregone conclusion” and it is “ultimately a business decision and the economics have to stack up” (Routes Online, 21-Oct-2019). Mr Joyce noted the company is aware “the demand is there” and aims to “make this a reality by 2023 from New York and London and maybe a lot of other destinations in Europe and North America“.
AirAsia CEO: ‘WiFi these days is like oxygen’
AirAsia CEO Riad Asmat reported he expects WiFi connectivity to be installed fleetwide in 2020, adding: “Currently, we have about slightly over [50%] of our aircraft (in Malaysia) WiFi-enabled” (Bernama, 20-Oct-2019). Mr Asmat stated: “WiFi these days is like oxygen. The moment you sit in a place the first thing we ask is if it has WiFi and it is slowly gaining traction in the aviation sector”. He said: “The growth potential is phenomenal because once all the aircraft have the service, people start using dependent on the needs of that day. I am sure you can get business out of it, directly and indirectly”.