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 Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat statements made by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) regarding traffic rights awarded to AirAsia and other Malaysian carriers:

“MAVCOM is not an airline, and should leave the business to actual airlines like AirAsia that understand the market. By failing to understand the true business of airlines, and by trying to micro-manage the industry, MAVCOM is doing more harm than good to Malaysian aviation, the exact opposite of its mandate. It is holding the industry back with slow approvals and high charges while other countries invest heavily in increased air traffic connectivity, to the detriment of the Malaysian tourism sector and the economy”.

Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner on the airline’s FY2017 results:

“Our transformation process has delivered tangible results to date, with a significant improvement in performance for 2017. Passenger yields for the last quarter were up a very healthy 9% versus the same period a year before. On-time performance was at record levels and operationally we continue to drive down costs without compromising on safety or quality across all areas of the business”.

National Airlines Council President and CEO Massimo Bergamini responding to the Canadian Transportation Agency’s first public consultation on the new air passenger regulations:

“Flight delays and cancellations stem from a multitude of factors, most often outside of an air carrier’s control. Developing a punitive system to enforce new regulations may fail to deliver the travel experience Canadian air passengers want, and may actually hurt those that live in remote, northern and Atlantic Canada communities”.

AirAsia Group (AAGB) responding to a first information report (FIR) by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation regarding AirAsia Berhad, AirAsia India:

“All the allegations in the FIR are unfounded and are without any rational basis and are wholly inconceivable in the context of corporate governance norms in Malaysia. Accordingly AAGB denies all allegations of wrongdoing and will pursue all legal remedies available to address these allegations”.

Oman Air CEO Abdul Aziz Saud Al-Raisi on talks with Chinese authorities to serve more cities in China, including Beijing and Shanghai:

“We have also plans to increase flights to other Asian countries, we want Muscat to act as a hub for air-link between Asia and Africa. We are also looking to launch more flights to African countries”.

South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana confirming discussions with South Africa’s Government regarding selling a stake in the airline:

“We are discussing with the shareholder the amount of the stake that will be up for sale, it should be meaningful enough to attract private investment”.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos confirming he is open to the prospect of selling:

“Everything is for sale if the price is right but I will listen to the other shareholders. If they want to sell, I will not be the one that holds it back”.

PeopleFly CEO Andrea Caldart on the company missing launch dates for new routes:

“We have had problems and we are solving them, but we have not left anybody on the ground, we have protected all the passengers and will continue to do so. Passengers have either been reimbursed or rerouted at our expense on Alitalia and Blue Air flights”.