The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac:
“In coordination with AACO, the message that we are sending to governments is that the value of aviation to a country is not in the taxes it collects. It is in the growth that it enables across the economy. Airlines are like the proverbial goose that lays golden eggs. And if governments choke the goose with taxes and charges, the golden eggs will stop”.
IAG CEO Willie Walsh stated he believes it is “highly” likely that Qatar Airways will exit the oneworld alliance:
“I have had regular contact Akbar Al Baker on this issue. He doesn’t say these things without being genuinely behind the comments. He is annoyed at the way some oneworld members have responded, as alliance partners. I think this is a genuine threat”.
Air Astana CEO Peter Foster on the carrier’s plans to launch new LCC carrier, FlyArystan:
“We intend to enter the market aggressively and grow new markets”. Mr Foster added: “The principal challenge will be airports’ infrastructure and the ability to turn around the aircraft in thirty to forty minutes”. Mr Kasymbek said: “The decision about the creation of the company has already been reached by Air Astana’s board of directors. We are expecting that Air Astana will establish the company in six months. In 2019 the company will acquire about right new aircraft, and part of these will go to the new carrier”.
WOW air CEO Skuli Mogensen on plans to be acquired by Icelandair Group:
“Ultimately I believe we have done the right thing by securing the future of WOW air as a subsidiary of Icelandair Group. Obviously this was not the original plan nor the vision I had for WOW air however given the circumstances this is our best hope to secure the long term future of WOW air”. He added: “The WOW air brand will survive as a leading low cost long haul airline operating on our own AOC and with the current team”.
Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos commented on Oct-2018 traffic growth:
“We are very pleased that an increasing number of passengers choose Norwegian for their travels. The long haul routes represent the largest growth this month and the demand is satisfactory”. He also noted the carrier is “entering a period of lower demand, tough competition and high oil prices, making it even more important for the company to continue reducing its costs”.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian on US demand:
“We don’t see any cracks, the economy continues to be strong, demand is healthy, consumer confidence is still relatively strong… when thinking about the economy at large, domestically, we don’t see any material change.” Mr Bastian stated the airline’s corporate revenue base is healthy, which is the “first place we’d start to see some slip in demand from a political issue or economics”.
Gol Linhas Aereas CEO Paulo Kakinoff on the carrier’s expectation for demand following the result of the Brazilian election:
“We expect that the outcome of the elections will have a positive impact on business and consumer confidence. More than 65% of our clients travel for business reasons, and we believe that eliminating the political uncertainty will spur an increase in corporate activity in general. The appreciation of the Real should also help in the increase of consumer purchasing power for air travel”.