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.


AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes on AirAsia Japan:

“I’m super impressed with what we are doing in Japan. It has taken a long time to launch Airasia Japan but we have a very valuable asset. Just need regulators to give us a few more routes and we will grow fast. Our CEO Jenny Wakana is Doing a superb job”.


IAG CEO Willie Walsh welcoming the Transport Select Committee’s report into London Heathrow Airport’s expansion:

“The Transport Select Committee’s conclusion that airport charges must be kept at today’s levels, as this is in customers’ interests, is very welcome… It’s critical, as recommended, that the National Policy Statement includes a detailed cost breakdown with the condition that airport charges be held flat in real terms, before Parliament votes on it”.


Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Fluggesellschaften (BDF – Federal Association of German Airlines) CEO Dr Michael Engel on security capacity at Duesseldorf Airport:

“There must be an active location dialogue between the Federal Police, the airport, airlines and service providers”, he said, adding: “We have proposed such a site dialogue… That’s what the airport has done, and we expect that to contribute to solving the problem as well”.


FedEx chairman and CEO Frederick W Smith on the company’s performance in Q3FY2017/18:

“Execution of our long-term growth strategies, customer demand for the unique value of our broad portfolio of solutions and healthy growth in the global economy are driving our performance”. He added: “We expect strong operating performance in each of our transportation segments in the fourth quarter”.


British Airways CEO Alex Cruz on the carrier’s China expansion plans:

“We have been learning a great deal over the past few years and Chengdu was a really good learning experience for us… We formed a very tight relationship with the airport [Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport] and local authorities, who guided us for a period of just over three years while we had the route”.


Qantas International CEO Alison Webster on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) decision to reauthorise the Qantas and Emirates partnership until 2023:

“The ACCC’s reauthorisation of our joint business is an important milestone in helping us continue deliver benefits for travellers and Australian tourism for the next five years” He reported that the “evolution of our partnership reflects changes in customer demand and will allow us to leverage the latest aircraft technology and maximise new routes”.


Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown on the launch of Qantas’ nonstop Perth-London Heathrow service and the airport’s route development targets:

“Our ambition has been to make Perth a hub airport for travellers from our region and beyond… Qantas has already signalled it will consider other direct services to Europe including Rome and Frankfurt. This comes at the same time as we are working with the State government to secure direct flights to Tokyo, Shanghai and India”. Mr Brown added: “With major international airlines adding more than 230,000 seats to their Perth-Asia routes in the past six months, momentum is really building”.


Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) CEO Dale Keller on the UK Parliament’s Transport Select Committee report on the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS).

“The Transport Committee have undertaken a robust scrutiny of the Airports NPS and we welcome their conclusions that expanding Heathrow is the right choice for the country, provided that it can be delivered to meet the needs of Heathrow’s primary customers – passengers and airlines… We also welcome the recommended condition that airport charges be held flat in real terms as significant for passengers, despite falling short of the passenger charges guarantee that airlines had sought”.


Airlines for America president and CEO Nick Calio on Google’s presence in the aviation industry:

“Google is trying to cherry pick [in aviation]. They want to sell tickets but not be subject to the rules that airlines are subject to”.


Airways New Zealand CEO Graeme Sumner on concerns about increasing drone sightings in controlled airspaces:

“Over the past year we have received reports of at least one drone per week operating illegally in controlled airspace. Air traffic control technology is currently unable to detect small objects such as drones so we rely on drone operators to follow the rules and register with us before they fly to ensure all aircraft are integrated safely into our airspace”. Mr Sumner revealed while drone detection is “still in its infancy globally”, the company plans to “begin trialling a new system within the next three months”.


Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen reiterated Norway’s commitment for all-electric short haul aviation operations by 2040:

“In my mind, there’s no doubt that by 2040 Norway will be operating totally electric. Airbus told us they need a customer and they need a market… and we can offer them both… Of course they need a bigger market and more customers”. Mr Falk-Petersen said Avinor could present a tender “within a year or two to the market to commercialise electric aircraft”.