The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker speaker line up for the CAPA Qatar Aviation Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit in Doha on 05/06-Feb-2019:
“With so many developments in the rapidly-evolving airline industry and the global regulatory environment, we are delighted to see such a wealth of industry experts have been lined-up for the inaugural summit”.
Aer Lingus CEO Sean Doyle on expected disruptions to services to and from the UK following Brexit:
“We’ve reviewed the legislation in relation to any scenario… We are very confident we will continue to operate. Air travel is fundamental, it is very important, and I think legislators and the various bodies recognise that”.
Malaysia Airports CEO Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin on the planned dedicated processing centre for airline crew at Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s (KUL) LCC terminal:
“We are continuously providing support in all ways possible to our airline partners as we firmly believe in working together to achieve a single vision, and that is to make KUL a leading hub in the region… With the enhanced turn around time, AirAsia has proposed new flight schedules which may increase their flight frequency by up to 18 flights per week for some of its current routes”.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on the carrier’s reported operational highlights and full year profit guidance for FY2018/19:
“While we are disappointed at this slightly lower full year guidance, the fact that it is the direct result of lower than expected H2 air fares, offset by stronger than expected traffic growth, a better than expected performance on unit cost and ancillary sales is positive for the medium term. There is short haul over capacity in Europe this winter, but Ryanair continues to pursue our price passive/load factor active strategy to the benefit of our customers who are enjoying record lower air fares. We believe this lower fare environment will continue to shake out more loss making competitors, with WOW, Flybe, and reportedly Germania for example, all currently for sale”.
Aero Contractors CEO Ado Sanusi on investors expressing interest in Aero’s assets, including its MRO facilities:
“There are so many investors that have come forward. They are looking at all the core assets”.
IAG CEO Willie Walsh expressed confidence in post Brexit aviation arrangements, stating:
“I can’t find any country in the EU 27 or the UK who wants to see flights grounded. It has to play out and it will play out… I’m not going to predict what will happen politically. But I think from an aviation point of view without question there will be a comprehensive agreement”.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce reported potential Sydney-London service launching in 2022 or 2023 would not affect demand of current Perth-London service:
“We’re seeing demand for Perth-London being so strong… we think there’s unbelievable demand here”, Mr Joyce said. He sees “huge opportunities to grow both markets” as Sydney has the potential to attract traffic from Asia and the Middle East by the time nonstop London service is ready to be operated.