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.

Eurocontrol director general Eamonn Brennan on gender equality:

“Study after study has shown clearly that better gender balance, indeed better diversity overall, brings big social and business benefits. My vision is for EUROCONTROL to be a leader on gender in our field. I do not believe in hiding behind the excuse of low representation of women in aviation, engineering and technological fields across Europe. Rather, I am convinced that by working with ICAO and other partners from across the aviation field, learning from other sectors and together with the staff of EUROCONTROL, we will be able to make real change”.

Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh on capitalising on Ryanair’s industrial disputes and service disruptions:

“In the longer term, I think you can see a very competitive business and anything that damages Ryanair is ultimately good for Aer Lingus… If that disruption continues, hopefully we’ll be in a position to offer a competitive alternative”.

IAG CEO Willie Walsh on potentially divesting shares in Norwegian if a full takeover is not completed in one year:

“There’s no immediate hurry. But this time next year, if we haven’t acquired Norwegian, we won’t be holding those shares… If we’re not acquiring it, we’re not interested in being a shareholder. We’ll wait and see what happens, but it’s not a big issue on our agenda… We’ve always said that we have two options [for LCC growth]. One is that we can grow organically, and that’s why we created LEVEL… When we expressed our interest in Norwegian, we said it wasn’t going to slow us down in terms of our growth plans and we continue to focus on that organic growth”.

Aimia CEO Jeremy Rabe on rejection of Air Canada’s bid to acquire the Aeroplan loyalty system:

“We never stop negotiating. Should the consortium want to engage with us in a constructive dialogue, we would be happy to entertain that. At the same time, we feel very confident about our future plans. So either or, we’re happy to go down either path. We felt like CAD450 million was a very, very reasonable number. And if there was a real willingness to engage from the consortium, that would have been accepted and then it just kind of leaves you wondering if there was really a real willingness or not”.

GOL Linhas Aereas CEO Paulo Kakinoff on the arrival of Norwegian Air Shuttle in the Brazilian market:

“Up to now, we didn’t see any major movement… It is not so far a local competitor. It’s really hard when you compare our CASK level, which is the level of even below of Southwest, for example, to believe that a newcomer could come and be very sustainable CASK at a lower level than we are delivering today”.

IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac on the global air cargo industry:

“Air cargo continues to be a difficult business with downside risks mounting. We still expect about 4% growth over the course of the year. But the deterioration in world trade is a real concern. While air cargo is somewhat insulated from the current round of rising tariff barriers, an escalation of trade tension resulting in a ‘reshoring’ of production and consolidation of global supply chains would change the outlook significantly for the worse. Trade wars never produce winners. Governments must remember that prosperity comes from boosting their trade, not barricading economies”.

Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar on 1H2018 performance:

“The operating environment for our airlines remains challenging. We are halfway through our three year transformation programme, which is designed to make our businesses leaner, more agile and more effective competitors. The programme is on track. Despite higher fuel prices, we performed much better in the first half of 2018 than in the first half of 2017”.

Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton on partnering with Zenith Technica for 3D printing:

“It’s fantastic to be able to team up with and support local operator Zenith Tecnica and work with global company GE Additive to learn and collaborate in this space. While we are in the initial stages of working with these companies on 3D printing, so far, we have printed prototype metal framing for our Business Premier cabin, to quickly test new concepts and ideas and we have also made novelty wine aerators. While the aerators, made to look like replica aircraft engines, are a bit of fun we’re really excited by the possibility they represent as 3D printing is both cost and space effective. Aircraft interiors are made up of tens of thousands of parts, and the ability to 3D print on demand lightweight parts we only require a small number of, rather than rely on traditional manufacturing methods is of huge benefit to our business, without compromising safety, strength or durability”.