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.

Air Peace CEO Allen Onyema on the planned launch of Nigeria Air in late 2018:

“Government must do everything possible not to frustrate existing carriers because of private investment of the growing airlines in the country. This is because the creation of a level playing field remains critical to the sustenance of an effective aviation sector”.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos on the issue of over tourism in Barcelona:

“You take away the tourism in Barcelona, you get millions of layoffs. There may be some people who don’t like so many tourists, but that creates the jobs for most of the people down there. So they will have to do some regulation to deal with it, and build some hotel capacity and so on”.

AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X co-group CEO Tony Fernandes on the future of AirAsia X:

“There will be pain in the 2nd and third quarters as we have cancelled ineffective routes and business partnerships to focus on a sustainable model. That means going into countries where we will dominate i.e. Japan Korea Australia China India and removing peripheral routes where there is no growth in frequency or country. Will have short term effect on yield but boy it’s going to be a strong airline. We will be doing an airaosa [sic] x group structure as well. Last bit of work is fixing the way we do revenue management as it’s different from short haul. That’s almost complete. Network fixed. Model fixed. Organisation structure fixed. Planes bought. Revenue last bit”.


SalamAir CEO Mohamed Ahmed on the airline’s expansion plans:

“There’s always demand from Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, Nairobi and Addis Abba, a mix of business travel and visiting family or friends because of the African community that lives here. There’s also demand for connecting India and Africa”.

JEJU Air president and CEO Seok-Joo Lee on the delivery of the airline’s first direct-buy Boeing 737-800:

“This milestone delivery marks the beginning of a new era for Jeju Air as we continue to revolutionise Korea’s dynamic commercial aviation industry… Owning and operating our own airplanes will further differentiate Jeju Air and our local competitors. We are fully prepared to introduce this new airplane into our expanding fleet and they will play an integral role in our growth strategy”.

Honeywell chairman and CEO Darius Adamczyk on Honeywell’s 2Q2018 results:

“Honeywell delivered another outstanding quarter with continued top-line growth, strong margin expansion, and double-digit earnings per share and free cash flow growth”. He noted: “Organic sales grew six per cent, driven by continued strength in Aerospace; demand for Intelligrated warehouse automation solutions; and growth in residential thermal solutions, thermostats and ADI global distribution in our Homes business. We also saw continued robust short-cycle demand for our process automation solutions”.

Malaysia Airports acting group CEO Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin on low cost travel in Malysia:

“While AirAsia, the home grown carrier has been the principal driver for this growth, the Malaysian government along with Malaysia Airports have both played crucial roles as enablers by fully supporting low cost travel for the benefit of all Malaysians. This not only emphasises our commitment and support for low cost travel, but more so our conviction that this will take us to the next level of growth in air travel demand”.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary’s warning of potential job losses if pilots insist on ‘unreasonable demands’:

“We expect further strikes over the peak summer period as we are not prepared to concede to unreasonable demands that will compromise either our low fares or our highly efficient model… We cannot allow our customers flights to be unnecessarily disrupted by a tiny minority of pilots”.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos on the airline applying for an AOC from Swedish Transport Agency as part of an effort to obtain an “even stronger foothold in the EU”:

“Sweden is strategically positioned and with a Swedish operating licence, we show that we believe in expanded opportunities for Sweden and Arlanda. With a stronger foothold in Scandinavia, we hope for more traffic rights that benefit throughout Scandinavia in terms of more directives, more tourists and more jobs”. Mr Kjos added: “Flight tax, however, is an obstacle that rather complicates than facilitates the ability of airlines to grow in Sweden so we hope for more air-friendly policies”.