The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
RwandAir CEO Yvonne Manzi Makolo on the airline intending to expand its network and fleet:
“The government has put a lot of focus in terms of developing the aviation sector in order to drive tourism. This is not the right time for us to consolidate. It’s time for us to grow. We are looking at Guangzhou, China, and New York next year for our long haul, and additional routes in Africa as well and increase frequency for the ones that we are not doing on a daily basis”.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on the possibility he will retire following the conclusion of his current contract in 2019:
“I’m not sure I want to run this company for another five years… I like this company. I like working for this company. I don’t do it for the pay I get. But as long as it remains interesting and fun and challenging, I see no reason not to continue to try to lead it and lead it forward positively”.
WOW air CEO Skuli Mogensen on the possibility of a merger between WOW air and Icelandair:
“It’s an obvious question. Clearly we could rationalise the network and leverage the situation a lot better — a no-brainer. Will it ever happen? I am not sure”.
British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) called on Ryanair’s shareholders to replace CEO Michael O’Leary and chairman David Bonderman at the carriers 2018 AGM:
“As professional pilots, critical to the future and fortunes of our airline, many have lost all confidence in Michael O’Leary and his ability to lead the company as CEO. This failure of leadership is compounded by an apparent lack of oversight from the board, from its chairman and from non executive directors, which has allowed the current negative situation and ongoing uncertainty to grow”.
Seychelles Tourism Board CEO Sherin Francis commented on the tourist arrival trend for 2018:
“I am satisfied that we have been able to at least maintain our last year’s performance, where we experienced an outstanding growth. For the moment, the global forward booking trend is not looking negative, and we can expect to at least maintain the performance for the rest of the year”.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders on delivering the first A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR) aircraft to launch customer Singapore Airlines:
“This delivery is a milestone for Airbus and Singapore Airlines, as together we open a new chapter in nonstop air travel. With its unrivalled range and step-change in fuel efficiency, the A350 is uniquely placed to meet demand for new ultra-long haul services”.
Interjet CEO José Luis Garza on the airline’s first advertising campaign in the US and Canada:
“We understand what travellers are looking for in an airline partner, not just lower fares, but everything they used to get for the price of a ticket, such as free checked bags, seat selection, free beverages and snacks onboard, even the ability to pay by credit card… And we’re offering even more, including business class legroom with every seat, a guaranteed seat on the flight booked, free drinks in addition to snacks and beverages, senior discounts on every flight and even female only lavatories, all delivered with an exceptional flying experience”.
Flybe CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener on the airline’s operational highlights for FY2018/2019:
“The role Flybe plays in regional connectivity has never been clearer. I am just as excited now as when I joined about the prospects for Flybe. Our strong commercial performance, fleet plans and cost actions will enable us to make the most of these opportunities”.