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.

    Southwest Airlines will ‘never do basic economy’ for ‘as long as I’m around’: CEO

    Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said the carrier will “never do basic economy” for “as long as I’m around” (Travel Pulse, 07-Jan-2020). He noted the fare option “is a fare category that our competitors use to try to compete with us, and it’s just not a very good product”.

    Brussels Airport CEO: Business growth ‘can be achieved without increasing environmental impact’

    Brussels Airport Company CEO Arnaud Feist reported (08-Jan-2020) passenger traffic at Brussels Airport increased from 17 million in 2009 to 26.4 million in 2019, while aircraft movements has remained stable over the period. “This shows that the growth of our business can be achieved without increasing the environmental impact, by using aircraft that are not only bigger and better filled but also significantly more environmentally friendly”, he continued. [more – original PR]

    Delta Air Lines and IBM partner to explore quantum computing

    Delta Air Lines announced (08-Jan-2020) a multi year partnership with IBM to explore the capabilities of quantum computing. The carrier will join the IBM Q Network, giving it access to universal hardware quantum computers for commercial use and to perform research. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian noted the partnership allows Delta to remain “on the leading edge of tech to better serve our customers and our people, while drawing the blueprints for application across our industry”. [more – original PR]

    IATA: Airfreight recovers slightly in Nov-2019 but ‘still a long way to go’

    IATA reported (08-Jan-2020) global airfreight demand decreased 1.1% year-on-year in Nov-2019, marking the 13th consecutive month of decline. Capacity increased 2.9%, marking the 19th consecutive month in which capacity outgrew demand. However, performance in Nov-2019 was the best in eight months, with the smallest contraction in demand since Mar-2019. IATA stated the outcome for Nov-2019 partly reflects the growing importance of large e-commerce events, including ‘Singles Day’ and ‘Black Friday’. The association added that while international e-commerce continues to grow, headwinds remain for overall air cargo demand due to the trade dispute between the US and China, the deterioration in world trade and a broad slowing in global economic growth. IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac commented: “Air cargo recovered slightly in November… However, the fourth quarter is a peak season for air cargo. So, a decline in growth is still a disappointment. Looking forward, signs of a thawing in US-China trade tensions are good news but there is still a long way to go if cargo is to achieve 2.0% growth forecast in 2020”. [more – original PR] [more – original PR – II]

    Norwegian CEO: ‘A more sustainable approach will be high on my agenda’

    Norwegian CEO Jacob Schram, via the airline’s official inflight magazine, stated (Jan-2020) “a more sustainable approach will be high on my agenda”. Mr Schram stated: “We have to be aware that the world is facing a climate challenge” and Norwegian will “also strive to be the airline with the lowest CO2 emissions”.

    Lufthansa Group CEO notes lack of demand for carbon offsetting tool

    Lufthansa Group chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr noted the lack demand for the group’s carbon offsetting tool, with only 1% to 2% of passengers choosing the cheapest form of compensation when purchasing airfares (Welt, 09-Jan-2020). “The more expensive option is used by so few customers, that I could greet them all individually with a handshake”, Mr Spohr continued.