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.

    A4E: Sustainable aviation roadmap for Europe ‘will show us where we can do even more’

    Airlines for Europe (A4E) and other airlines partnered (10-Dec-2019) with European airports, manufacturers and ANSPs in the development of a cross-sector climate initiative, entitled the ‘sustainable aviation roadmap for Europe‘. Run as an independent study, it will identify opportunities for greater industry decarbonisation through technology, operations, sustainable aviation fuels or price incentives by 2030 and out to 2050. “We are investing billions to more than contribute our share… we believe our sustainability roadmap will show us where we can do even more”, Ryanair CEO and A4E chairman Michael O’Leary stated. [more – original PR]

    Qantas still has ‘a couple of questions’ on revised Project Sunrise aircraft proposals

    Qantas International CEO Tino La Spina reported the carrier has received revised aircraft proposals for ‘Project Sunrise’, however “we’ve still got a couple of questions or clarifications on what’s in there” (Executive Traveller, 10-Dec-2019). Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the carrier is “still hopeful to close this one off by the end of the year” however it is “taking up a lot of resources, and there’s a big task with the domestic fleet replacements that we need to make next year” adding: “The manufacturers need to contribute their part, the pilots and the regulators have to contribute their part”.

    Brussels Airlines CEO: Star Alliance membership a ‘true quality label for our airline’

    Brussels Airlines marked (09-Dec-2019) its 10th year as a member of Star Alliance. “The added value of Star Alliance is ever more relevant today, as our customers really value the seamless travel experience that it creates and the global network coverage it offers”, CEO Christina Foerster stated, adding the alliance is a “true quality label for our airline”. [more – original PR]

    KLM CEO: Codeshare with Qantas to drive tourism, economic and cultural exchange

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines president and CEO Pieter Elbers said (09-Dec-2019) the carrier’s new codeshare agreement with Qantas “marks another milestone” in its joint business, and will help to drive tourism and economic and cultural exchange between the Netherlands and Australia by facilitating reciprocal leisure and business travel. “This is great news for our customers who now have even more flexibility when travelling between Europe and Asia”, he concluded. As previously reported by CAPA, Air France and KLM will both codeshare on 12 additional destinations operated by Jetstar Asia from Singapore, while KLM will codeshare with Jetstar Airways providing itineraries beyond its Denpasar service to Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. [more – original PR]

    US Travel Association forecasts further reduced US share in long haul travel market

    US Travel Association forecast (06-Dec-2019) US long haul travel will grow 2.4% p/a through 2023, compared to the projected global long haul travel growth of 4.8% p/a. This difference is expected to further reduce the US share in the long haul travel market to 10.4% by 2023, compared to 13.7% in 2015. The 2019 to 2023 market share is also expected to result in the US economy suffering a loss of USD78 million in visitor spending and 130,000 American jobs. US Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow stated: “Right now, the country is not capturing the full economic potential of overseas travel, but there are some turnkey policy solutions that could help to address that – starting with congressional reauthorisation of the Brand USA tourism marketing organisation”. [more – original PR]

    Jetstar develops industrial action contingency plan

    Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans reported (11-Dec-2019) the carrier developed a contingency plan to minimise the impact of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots‘ (AFAP) work stoppages on 14-Dec-2019 and 15-Dec-2019. Mr Evans stated the carrier will consolidate selected services, upgauging aircraft, retiming services and Qantas and QantasLink will operate a number of supplementary services. Jetstar expects 80 services to operate scheduled departures, and will cancel 44 services on Saturday 14-Dec-2019 and 46 services on Sunday 15-Dec-2019. Jetstar expects 95% of passengers on their journey on the same day, however passengers scheduled to depart between 13-Dec-2019 and 20-Dec-2019 may also request a refund prior to departure. The impact to Jetstar‘s international departures are expected to be minimal with limited delays and cancellations planned.  [more – original PR]