The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce on the fuel efficiency gains related to the Boeing 787:
“New technology like the 787 is really fuel efficient compared to 747s and the A380s. Its 20% more fuel efficient. So we can actually fly today two 787s tail to tail and it’s cheaper than flying an A380 by around 5%. That’s how efficient those aircraft are and we know that as fuel goes up, the actual aircraft that we have a problem with is a four engine aircraft. The two engines like the 787 are really good, and what we think, we’ve looked at all sorts of fuel and modifications and we think the economics of the service works on a range of fuel scenarios and it’s better than operating quad aircraft and significantly better than having that aircraft”.
Delta Air Lines and Korean Air on plans to launch a new JV partnership on the trans Pacific market:
Delta CEO Ed Bastian: “This is an exciting time for customers of both Delta and Korean Air as we launch our trans-Pacific partnership… Our expanded partnership means a host of new destinations and travel options across Asia and North America, with seamless connectivity, world-class reliability and the industry’s best customer service”.
Korean Air chairman and CEO Yang Ho Cho: “This partnership will bring more comfort to customers flying between Asia and the Americas… With the recent relocation to Terminal 2 at Incheon Airport alongside with Delta, we will be able to provide seamless service to our customers. Korean Air will provide extensive support to develop a successful partnership with Delta”.
Air India Express CEO Krishnamurthi Shyamsundar on the carrier participating in the regional connectivity scheme (UDAN) if expanded internationally:
“Air India Express has been a niche player from its inception. The airline’s network strategy and business plan have centered around connecting tier-II cities in India to destinations in the Gulf/South-East Asia. If there are other such potential cities/capitals that states identify – within the operating capabilities of Air India Express’s fleet, which would also need VGF (viability gap funding) support – the airline would be happy to evaluate the proposals”.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes on being the launch customer for the Mirus Hawk, a new slimline seat manufactured by Mirus Aircraft Seating:
“Lots of great work has gone into the Hawk. Not only is this premium seat more comfortable and boasts more legroom but it also weighs less, which is good for our guests, our bottom line and the environment as well. This is just the beginning. More innovations are on the way, including a personal electronic device holder and high power 2A USB port so our guests can stay powered and connected as they enjoy our great inflight content. It really will be a true step change in LCC passenger experience”.
Samoa Airways CEO Seiuli Alvin Tuala on the carrier seeking an aircraft on dry lease once its current Boeing 737-800 contract with NEOS on damp lease reaches expiry by 2019:
“Everything is going to plan and the aircraft works fine… We’ve had no issues but leases don’t last that long, they have to move on and do other things and we have to get a replacement”. He also noted: “Training cabin crew and pilots is not easy and not cheap so we went with the wet lease to start the operations and slowly we’re moving into the dry lease… At this time, we are on a damp lease where the cabin crew is all Samoan but the technical crew is still foreigners… The Italian crew has been great, they are so helpful. They have been the most helpful people I’ve come across in terms of assisting us with everything… They have worked very closely with our team here in Samoa, but as we move to dry lease, our pilots are training so that we start to slot them in and we are about to hire pilots from overseas”.
Air Niugini CEO Simon Foo on his retirement after more than 40 years with the carrier:
“There have been many highlights but one of the biggest thrills for me was the opportunity to live and work around PNG and overseas”. On the outlook, Mr Foo said: “I would hope, following what the Government wants to do, is that we become a better shareholder and be privatised so that the airline is run as a full business… Then we can take advantage of numerous opportunities, especially our geographical position between Asia and the Pacific and making the airline grow and support the nation’s growth as well”.
Fiji Airways CEO and MD Andre Viljoen on the carrier’s aircraft delivery plans:
“Our number of aircraft will grow from 15 to 24, where we believe we will have eight widebodied, eight narrowbodied, four ATRs and four Twin Otters. This will result in Fiji Airways having one of the youngest aircraft fleet in the world by the end of 2019… We will increase our number of passengers in the next three years from 1.6 million to 1.9 million and in five years to 2.2 million and in 10 years to 3.1 million”.
Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce on external factors significantly impacting airlines:
“Global financial crises, a spike in geopolitical issue, spikes in oil, so things like that that can happen and affect business. And what we do is minimise the risk around it, so we take the edge in, so it gives us protection for fuel. If there was a geopolitical spike, it’ll give us time to adjust the business, we look at having a diverse portfolio, having loyalty, having Jetstar International so that if there is changes or variations in markets, we can cope with it. So we’re always trying to minimise that risk wherever it is, but it is those events, those world events that can have a big impact on your business”.
Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong on the Boeing 787-10:
“It is a very efficient aircraft for us to operate, which means that it is capable of making a lot of missions that previously might not have been viable. We strongly believe that this product is going to be unparalleled on those regional routes and that we will be able to attract more interest from our customers”. Mr Goh said the airline’s 787-10s will be acquired through leasing arrangements, which will provide “flexibility”. He commented: “There is always a possibility for us to extend the lease. So if the market situation looks good and we are able to take on more capacity then we will exercise that flexibility”.