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.

    Malaysia Airports MD Badlisham Ghazali om Malindo Air commencing a three times weekly Penang-Banda Aceh service:

    “We are delighted that more and more airlines are opening up direct routes to other international airports in Malaysia apart from KLIA [Kuala Lumpur International Airport] as this will further boost inbound tourism”.

    Aegean Airlines CEO Dimitris Gerogiannis on 2018:

    “The year started on a positive note with higher load factors and additional routes maintained in the winter. Nevertheless, fleet utilisation during winter remains low. The extension of the tourism season through the right policies and new products as well as the recovery of the Greek Consumers spending capacity are crucial elements required which could allow us to reduce the losses of winter operations”.

    Small Planet Airlines CEO Kristijonas Kaikaris on Germany becoming the fastest growing market for the carrier:

    “For years, Poland was the largest market for Small Planet Airlines operations. However, this year we do not plan any significant growth there – the situation is stable and good, and one additional aircraft will join the Polish fleet. In Germany, on the other hand, the growth exceeds 200% and is influenced by various factors”.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG Chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr on the carrier’s outlook for 2018:

    “We will continue to consistently pursue our modernisation… in doing so, we will retain our clear focus on reducing our costs and at the same time raising our quality”. He continued: “This is the only way to sustainably increase our profitability. From a position of strength, we will continue to drive consolidation in Europe”.

    AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes on the carrier introducing blockchain systems to develop a cryptocurrency for the AirAsia BIG Loyalty programme:

    “I think those BIG Points can be easily transferred to the blockchain” and added: “We have a product that can be a currency in BIG Loyalty, we’re building a payment platform so the two can marry quite nicely. We have an ecosystem that enables you to use that currency, there’s no point having a currency that can’t be used”.

    London Stansted Airport CEO Ken O’Toole on the airport’s growth potential:

    “Over the next decade, runway capacity in the south east will be at a premium and Stansted will be responsible for delivering 50% of London’s expected passenger growth and make a greater contribution to improving the UK’s connectivity with the rest of the world”. Mr O’Toole added: “We are all really excited at the prospect of welcoming Emirates to Stansted in June [2018], in addition to Primera Air adding direct flights to New York, Boston, Toronto and Washington. Our ambition now is to secure new services to key markets in China and India and more routes to the USA”.

    Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans on innovation in the aviation industry:

    “The challenge for us all is to bring in the people who are going to take the industry to the next level as the rate of change will probably increase exponentially compared to where we are today”, he said, adding that innovation is “an enormous part of any airline’s future strategy”. He added: “I have a mobile device in my pocket that can look after all of my travel needs. How airlines and everyone in the value chain communicate with customers using such devices is going to differentiate the good airlines and bad airlines. How we use data to contextualise and personalise the customer experience well before booking to well after you get home from the end of your journey is going to be another differentiator. How we leverage the huge amount of data we have to provide efficiencies and put that information in the hands of our staff so they can make the right decisions will also be key”.

    Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo on the company’s outlook for 2018:

    “2018 will be a consolidation year and we are entering a new phase of solid and sustainable growth in the longer term based on top-line and profitability improvement and also on an increasing cash-flow generation from 2020. We are focused on achieving all targets of the 2018-2022 Industrial Plan with the key objective of creating value for all our stakeholders. This year we are proposing the distribution of the dividend as a fundamental element of the remuneration of the shareholder”.