The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on the appointment of former Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew to the role of COO:
“Peter will lead a significant transformation in the way we reward and interact with our pilots, improve their working environment and career development over the coming years as we grow the fleet”.
Cobalt Air CEO Andrew Madar on the airlines five year plan:
“What we foresee in about five years is a handful of long haul routes to China, India, South Africa and US and connecting them to shorter routes within Europe and Middle East”
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce on the delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787-9:
“We do need to bed down the  operation, we want to demonstrate to the market and our shareholders that these 787s are making economic sense and we can make a good profit and return. Next year we’ll have to start making calls (and) there are some that come available from the end of 2019 to 2020”, he said.
IAG CEO Willie Walsh, commenting on Joon:
“I don’t get it”. Mr Walsh said former Air France CEO and now IATA DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac “genuinely tried to restructure” Air France, however he was met by resistance. Mr Walsh did not express optimism for Joon.
RwandAir deputy CEO in charge of corporate affairs Yvonne Makolo on connecting African markets with countries including China, India and the UK:
“RwandAir has a hub-and-spoke model and we are trying to get as many feeders into the hub as we can. Some countries in Africa, particularly in the west, are underserved. We see an opportunity to take these people to China, Mumbai and now the UK as well”. Ms Makolo reported the airline is connecting passengers from cities including Entebbe, Harare, Johannesburg and Nairobi to London Gatwick and commented: “As people experience the product, confidence is growing; London is in line with our expectations”.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew on the airline relisting shares in 2019:
“Listing is one route. It could also be that we are more inclined to do deal with another carrier, do a more detailed partnership with another carrier – a trade investment, but we should be listable by 2019, and I expect we will list, but it’s not the only route that we may take”. He added: “In the next two years, if we get an investment from another carrier, that may significantly boost the overall value of the airline. Listing is one route and we may be more inclined to deal with low cost carriers for a more detailed partnership overseas”. Mr Bellew noted partnerships between airlines allow for “balanced growth” and many carriers “don’t have partners in Southeast Asia”. He commented: “A lot of carriers are taking a minority stake in other airlines. That’s the most prevalent trend happening globally” and clarified: “We are not open to approaches by other carriers at the moment”.