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 and AirAsia X co-Group CEO Tony Fernandes on the A330neo:

“Its’s a great aircraft with better performance, better engine and better design that will provide more range by improving fuel capacity. This could be what makes long haul low cost travel a reality. Airbus will have to work hard to make it a world beater”.

Embraer CEO and president Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva on the company’s new 20:80 strategic partnership with Boeing:

“It will create the most important strategic partnership in the aerospace industry, strengthening both companies’ leadership in the global market”. Mr Silva added that the business combination with Boeing is “expected to create a virtuous cycle for the Brazilian aerospace industry, increasing its sales potential, production, creating jobs and income, investments and exports, and in doing so, adding more value to customers, shareholders and employees.”

Icelandair Group president and CEO Björgólfur Jóhannsson on the company’s decision to lower its EBITDA forecast for 2018:

“The situation we are confronted with at present is a considerable disappointment. The average fare trends we assumed for the second half of the year do not appear to be materialising and for this reason we are lowering the company’s revenue forecast. The fare trends to important destinations have not been in line with our expectations, which has negatively impacted our forecast. Prospects have been deteriorating in the Icelandic tourist service segment, in particular for Iceland Travel. The extensive structural changes that the company has been through in recent months have mostly been successful and a number of actions have been undertaken to strengthen the company for the future. The year 2018 is a year of profound changes and extensive investment, which will enable the company’s future growth and prosperity”.

Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) CEO Peter Kearney on its “record breaking” Jun-2018 movements in Ireland:

“These are positive and notable figures… Aviation continues to open Ireland up to the world and management of air traffic growth is a key driver for our economy”. IAA stated the figures “mean that Ireland’s skies are set for their busiest ever summer”. Mr Kearney added: “The IAA continues to invest in its state of the art air traffic management system and in the development of our staff”.

XL Airways France CEO Laurent Magnin on the carrier’s service to China:

“This is a new step in our strategy to develop the flow of passengers from abroad to France… We capitalise on the attractiveness of the Paris destination”.

Brussels Airlines CEO Christina Foerster on Eurowings Group planning to further integrate Eurowings and Brussels Airlines:

“The staff of Brussels Airlines does not have to be uncertain about the future… There will not be much change here immediately. If there are changes, they will be implemented gradually and in a respectful way”.

Groupe ADP deputy CEO Edward Arkright on new PARAFE facial recognition systems:

“A gain in fluidity is obvious in terms of passenger throughput. The scenes from last year with queues sometimes of more than 80 minutes have completely disappeared, even though traffic is greater”.

AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail on the airline’s plans to transfer twice daily Kuala Lumpur-Melbourne service from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne Avalon Airport:

“Our target is to carry half a million guests in the first year of operation, and we’re already reviewing other exciting destinations we could potentially launch from Avalon in the future”. Mr Ismail added: “We’re ramping up our presence in Victoria through a range of regional and state tourism marketing and branding partnerships alongside greater engagement with the local travel trade”.