The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Sebastian Mikosz on the airline’s SkyTeam membership:
“The question for us is to stay or leave the alliance. We don’t have to be in SkyTeam to have JVs and our shareholder structure would not change when we leave”.
Jet2.com CEO Steve Heapy on Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU:
“It would be a disaster on both sides” if no carriers were able to enter the EU in the case of a ‘no deal’ scenario. Mr Heapy argued the EU “have a lot more to lose than we do”, citing higher UK visitor spending in the EU compared with that of EU visitors in the UK. “We’ve spent a lot of time speaking to the government and industry bodies and people in Europe and we’re very hopeful that we’ll get a resolution”, he concluded.
ANA president and CEO Shinya Katanozaka on ANA Holdings announcing plans to invest USD95 million in PAL Holdings and acquire 9.5% of PAL’s outstanding shares from Trustmark Holdings Corporation:
“Asia is a key growth market and we believe Philippine Airlines is in an excellent operational position to capitalise on both the strong uptick in air traffic growth as well as the vibrant, expanding Philippine economy”.
Qantas International CEO Alison Webster on new research which shows an increased interest towards physical well being, state of mind and personal time and space for ultra long haul services:
“Our job now is to determine where the most demand is and create this cabin in a way that makes it both affordable for customers and commercially viable for the airline. Everything is on the table and we are excited about what innovations may come from this research.”
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam on plans to restructure its US network, effective from summer 2019:
“The US is among our most important markets owing to the presence of a large African community and growing business and tourism ties with Africa. Our new route structure with additional frequencies to multiple gateways and the opening of new route to Houston are aimed at responding to the market demand and availing best possible connectivity to over 60 African destinations”.
Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon on concerns over softer revenue growth in H2FY2018/2019 have promoted the carrier to review network, fleet and cost base to bolster business performance:
“Rolls-Royce engine issues continue to be challenging for the business, both commercially and operationally, but are expected to improve as the year progresses.”
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on the carrier’s plans to acquire further airlines in the near future, following its total acquisition of Laudamotion:
“You’ll see in the next couple of years, I’d like to see Ryanair evolve as kind of a group of different airlines. We will have Ryanair based out of Ireland, you’ll have Laudamotion based out of Austria, you’ll have Ryanair Sun [Poland]… That will I think allow us in the next number of years to maybe add one or two other airlines. Now, nothing big but if there were some small scale opportunities that popped up like the Laudamotion opportunity then we could do it”.