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.

JAL MD Norikazu Saito on the surprising effect of free inflight WiFi

“We find the service is coming to be a major decision factor in choosing JAL as the number of answers ‘I chose JAL as it has in-flight WiFi’ grew to its questionnaire survey”.

AccorHotels Asia Pacific CEO Michael Issenberg:

“It is fantastic the [Australian] government recognises tourism as a real industry… and most state governments recognise that too… we need to continue to educate about how important our industry is… constantly hammer that into government”.

Tourism Australia MD & CEO John O’Sullivan: There is ‘more to the Asian story for inbound visitation’ than China

“While China is a key market for inbound tourism to Australia, the most rapid rate of tourism growth is actually coming from Asian markets outside of China. There is more to the Asian story for inbound visitation that one particular market.”

“While growth is centred out of Asia, the US, UK and continental Europe remain important markets. Through 2020, Asia will be the sum total of what we are seeing out of Europe and North America”.

India MP and former Minister of Railways Dinesh Trivedi on how successive governments have “short-changed” Air India

“By just looking at the debt and ignoring the revival signs would be to take a narrow view of the situation…..If Air India today is in this financial situation it was not because of Air India but successive governments have short-changed Air India and treated it like their private properties and at times private airlines, be international or domestic came under category of favoured airlines”.

Qantas Airways Group executive government industry and international affairs Andrew Parker on the Australia-New Zealand border

“Unnecessary costs and chargers, such as the recently increased departure tax in New Zealand and Australia’s Passenger Movement Charge means it is a far clunkier border than it needs to be, given our relationship between our two countries. We need far greater simplicity of movement between the two nations to have a sustainable business model”.

Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew on Delta, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic

“Delta Air Lines got a bargain with its acquisition of a 10% stake in Air France-KLM and consolidation of JVs with Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic. Delta paid a fraction of what it would have had to pay 10 years ago and Virgin Atlantic holds incredibly valuable airport slots.”

SriLankan Airlines CEO Suren Ratwatte on Middle Eastern carriers

Middle Eastern carriers are draining the traffic from the nationally representative carriers on to their airplanes. The idea of bilateral agreement is a joke and bilaterals don’t apply any more in this scenario.”