The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
FACC AG CEO Robert Machtlinger Airbus will discontinue production and delivery of the A380:
“We regret that production of the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, will have to be stopped from 2021. At the same time, we are pleased about the new order of 70 new aircraft on which FACC is strongly represented”.
Copa Holdings CEO Pedro Heilbron on operations in Venezuela:
“It is a rollercoaster ride”. He added: “We have seen demand soften, quite a bit… We had scheduled additional capacity… we took out that additional capacity in Feb-2019 to react to the lower demand due to what’s going on there”.
Air Malta CEO Clifford Chetcuti on the airline planning to incorporate up to 14 additional A320neo family aircraft in the next five years, including A321XLR equipment:
“We are studying the potential to go to the Indian subcontinent. To get there, though, we need the LR because the current neo does not reach the Indian subcontinent. To go to the east coast of America we need the XLR”.
Airlines UK CEO Tim Alderslade on the collapse of regional carrier flybmi demonstrating why UK Government must act urgently to address “sky high” Air Passenger Duty (APD) rates:
“Rates of UK APD are the highest in the world, making it harder for airlines to grow and sustain routes as they battle high fixed costs and wider economic uncertainty. Indeed, the UK was the only country in Europe to see a loss of direct connectivity last year… The demise of flybmi highlights the myriad challenges faced by airlines today trying to keep revenues ahead of costs, and should act as a wake up call for Government which must prioritise a cut to this damaging tax – more important than ever as the UK becomes more reliant on aviation post Brexit”.
Newcastle Williamtown Airport CEO Peter Cock welcomed the success of Virgin Australia’s Newcastle-Auckland service over summer 2018/2019, the airport’s first international route in 16 years:
“From our perspective, the Newcastle-Auckland service was a great success across a range of measures… Passenger numbers grew strongly throughout the season and the airport has proven itself to be a capable international facility. We are currently in negotiations to continue the service next season and are confident of continuing to fly to our close neighbour”.
Iberia CEO Luis Gallego on Iberia’s network and route planning strategy:
“We don’t assess route feasibility through passenger demand but through revenue. Where we increase offer is where we expect to be more profitable”.
LATAM Airlines Group CEO Enrique Cueto on the Brazil market:
“As an airline group, we are committed to Brazil and we recognise its enormous potential for growth… But to continue developing, critical and profound changes are needed”.