The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
Vietnam Airlines ‘Cooperating with many information technology giants’ to become digital airline
Vietnam Airlines CEO Duong Tri Thanh said the carrier has been: “Cooperating with many information technology giants to improve its infrastructure and make comprehensive transformations, helping it to become a digital airline in 2020” (Vietnam Plus, 20-Nov-2019). Mr Thanh reported Vietnam Airlines was the first carrier in Vietnam to complete phase one of the Skywise open data platform developed by Airbus and Palantir, adding: “Skywise is considered the ‘heart’ of the digital revolution in the aviation industry”.
Emirates president: Boeing 777X needs to be put through ‘hell on Earth’ in testing
Emirates president CEO Tim Clark stated he wants the Boeing 777X aircraft to be put through “hell on Earth” in testing to ensure they are safe to operate and meet performance expectations (Reuters, 19-Nov-2019). As previously reported by CAPA, Emirates has 150 777X aircraft on order, eight of which are scheduled for delivery in 2020.
Lufthansa CEO: ‘Next 12 months will be decisive’ for implementation of CO2 reductions
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr stated governments need to “Finally get their act together” on Single European Skies, adding “It takes political decisions – brave decisions – to reduce the CO2 emissions in Europe by 10%” (Routes Online, 19-Nov-2019). Mr Spohr added it: “Must be the biggest European project to reduce CO2 and for whatever reason that is not moving forward. The next 12 months will be decisive for its implementation”.
Qantas International CEO: Airbus and Boeing ‘go back and re-look’ at Project Sunrise fleet price
Qantas International CEO Tino La Spina reported Qantas requested Airbus and Boeing “go back and re-look” at Project Sunrise fleet price proposals and to “sharpen their pencils because there still was a gap there” (Reuters, 19-Nov-2019). As previously reported by CAPA, Qantas is considering variants of the A350 and the Boeing 777X.
Etihad Airways still has ‘long way to go’ before returning to profitability: Group CEO
Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas stated the carrier still has “a long way to go” before returning to profitability (AIN Online/Reuters, 18-Nov-2019). Mr Douglas added the carrier is “slightly ahead” of schedule in its masterplan and if things “stay focused will see a very strong Etihad” in the future.
Emirates signs firm order for 50 A350-900s
Airbus and Emirates Airline signed (18-Nov-2019) a firm order for 50 A350-900 aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Emirates Group CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum stated the A350s will complement the carrier’s fleet of A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft, granting the airline “added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment”. Sheikh Ahmed added the deal reflects Emirates’ “confidence in the future of the UAE’s aviation sector” and is “a strong affirmation of Dubai’s strategy to be a global nexus connected to cities, communities and economies via a world-class and modern aviation sector”. [more – original PR]