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.


    oneworld CEO Rob Gurney on the global airline alliance approaching China Southern Airlines to discuss membership:

    “There are no formal discussions underway with China Southern… There are still areas where we can potentially deepen our coverage, there is no doubt about that. We are talking to potential members to help meet some of that”.

    Cairns Airport CEO Norris Carter on Qantas’ decision to increase operations at the airport:

    “We’ve seen strong demand for more domestic seats from visitors and locals alike. These additional flights and larger aircraft provide 1366 more seats per week for visitors from Australia to come to Cairns, and for international visitors to travel around Australia… We’re also delighted to welcome Qantas back on the Cairns to Port Moresby route with 1036 seats per week”.

    Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh on the carrier planing to reintroduce business class on its busiest short haul routes from 2H2019:

    “At the moment, passengers getting a business class experience across the Atlantic transfer on to an economy aircraft… When we have the LRs going on into Europe, they will now have a business cabin with full lie flat seat. So they’ll get consistent service from all of the gateways in North America to the principal gateways in Europe”.

    Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker on the carrier planning to continue “rapid expansion” in 2019:

    “One of the advantages Qatar Airways enjoys is having the flexibility of different aircraft types in our fleet, which gives us a massive competitive edge. We have identified many routes that our competitors have not yet considered”.

    British Airlines Pilots’ Association (BALPA) general secretary Brian Strutton responding to Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary’s comments on employees and industrial relations:

    “Ryanair’s true colours seem to be showing through once again as O’Leary talks about “facing down the unions” and insults his staff as ‘a bunch of layabouts’… I don’t know if he’s goading the unions into more strikes or if he just can’t control what he says, but he’s fuelling the industrial unrest in Ryanair every time he speaks about it”.

    Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) CEO Dale Keller welcomed the launch of the UK Government’s Aviation Strategy Green Paper:

    “The UK has benefitted from a highly competitive aviation sector that pays its own way but airlines have been facing increasing infrastructure, taxation and regulatory challenges that are holding the sector back. This new Aviation Strategy marks the first fully integrated industrial strategy for the aviation sector and is a vital step to unlocking the full potential of aviation for consumers and the economy”.

    GTMC CEO Adrian Parkes on joining All Nippon Airways (ANA) as a new industry partner:

    “Security and trust are ANA’s unwavering promise to business travellers, which is also at the core of the GTMC’s ongoing strategy and duty of care for the business travel industry. We are excited to partner with the ANA Group, to help them continue to develop as a strong and independent airline by providing further opportunities to work with travel management companies and the GTMC community”.