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.

    Air Canada: E190 ‘not the right airplane for many of the routes’

    Air Canada president and CEO Calin Rovinescu confirmed the carrier would “look to stop flying” Embraer E190 equipment “if we had the MAX coming in a meaningful way and we had pilots and so on and so forth” (Seeking Alpha, 29-Oct-2019). He stated: “We don’t want to fly inefficient airplanes that consume more fuel than we need to”, noting the E190 is “not the right airplane for many of the routes”.

    Australian Airports Association CEO issues support for regional aviation policy development

    Australian Airports Association CEO Caroline Wilkie issued support for Australia‘s Government regional aviation policy development, reporting “a dedicated policy statement will shine a light on the contribution of regional aviation to local communities and ensure we have the right policy settings” (International Airport Review, 30-Oct-2019). Ms Wilkie said: “Any policy statement must consider measures to address domestic airlines’ high regional airfares” as well as “the impact their pricing decisions have on families, businesses and communities in the regions”.

    IndiGo joins IATA

    IATA DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac confirmed IndiGo became an IATA member on 30-Oct-2019 (Economic Times/Live Mint/CNBC-TV18, 30-Oct-2019). Mr de Juniac noted “IndiGo is our fourth member from India“, following Air India, Vistara and SpiceJet.

    Tourism New Zealand: Brexit and China-USA trade war are impacting consumer confidence

    Tourism New Zealand chair Jamie Tuuta and CEO Stephen England-Hall reported (30-Oct-2019) Brexit and the ChinaUSA trade war are impacting consumer confidence and had an effect on visitor numbers to New Zealand. Mr Tuuta and Mr England-Hall reported international travellers are “opting for short haul and domestic travel at the expense of long haul, which means New Zealand is competing against other destinations for a smaller pool of potential visitors”. [more – original PR]

    American Airlines Group wants Boeing shareholders to ‘bear the cost of Boeing failures’: CEO

    American Airlines Group chairman and CEO Doug Parker said the carrier’s goals for the Boeing 737 MAX include ensuring it is “compensated” for lost revenue resulting from the grounding (Seeking Alpha, 24-Oct-2019). He noted the carrier “missed deadlines and extended grounding for our customers, our team members, and our shareholders”, and is now working to guarantee “that Boeing shareholders bear the cost of Boeing failures” and not the carrier’s own shareholders. 

    LATAM Airlines Brazil CEO: ‘Lets learn from what happened to Avianca Brazil’

    LATAM Airlines Brazil CEO Jerome Cadier, speaking at the ALTA Airlines Leaders Forum, commented (29-Oct-2019) on the need for Brazilian aviation stakeholders to understand cause and effect in the industry, stating: “It is very important for us to learn with what happens. Lets learn from what happened to Avianca Brazil… Lets understand why that happened to Avianca Brazil“. He added that many had theories about what happened, but Avianca Brazil was “absolutely publicly renowned for having a good product and in no moment we can question incompetence, bad product or low market acceptance… but it could not balance costs with revenue and this indicates that the market is very competitive”. He concluded: “If the [Brazilian] market was not competitive, Avianca Brazil would still be alive today”.