The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce on Boeing and Airbus working on an RFP for development of aircraft capable of operating nonstop from Australia’s east coast to Europe and the US east coast:
“It’s not just about adding a few extra fuel tanks. The plan is to finalise everything by the year end  and reach a decision on start up in 2022″, adding the selection will be made based on variations of the Boeing 777-8X or A350-900/1000ULR.
Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss on plans to launch daily London Heathrow-Tel Aviv service:
“Israel’s economy is booming and as one of the world’s leading tech hubs we’re anticipating many business travellers… We also see a significant opportunity to increase competition in the US-Tel Aviv market, using the strength of our trans Atlantic joint venture with Delta to offer customers from Tel Aviv a wide range of US destinations connecting through London Heathrow”.
Airspace Link president and CEO Michael Healander on a new partnership with Drone Delivery Systems in order to provide a secure drone delivery solution:
“While much of the technological focus has been on keeping drones in the air or on task, we felt it critical to address the needs of state and local government in regulating local airspace. We offer solutions to address the last mile of ensuring drone delivery and public safety do not become mutually exclusive”.
Virgin Australia Group (VA) outgoing MD and CEO John Borghetti on Qantas’ partial acquisition of Alliance Airlines:
“Virgin has a good partnership with the carrier, however what we should worry more about in Australia is the potential for the lessening of competition that could occur, particularly in regional Australia where we don’t operate.”
Airbus CEO Tom Enders on Emirates will reduce its A380 order book from 162 to 123 aircraft:
“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production”. He added: “The consequences of this decision are largely embedded in our 2018 full year results”. Mr Enders also said Airbus will “continue to fully support the A380 operators”.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker on the ‘Doha Declaration’, which was announced at the CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit, stating:
“Qatar Airways wholeheartedly endorses the Doha Declaration and calls on airlines all over the world to join us in supporting it”.