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.

    Ryanair Sun CEO Michał Kaczmarzyk on plans to rebrand as Buzz in autumn 2019:

    “Following a successful year of growth for Ryanair Sun, we are delighted that our planes will have a new and unique branding as we launch Buzz”.

    Azul Linhas Aereas CEO John Rodgerson on the carriers margin expansion:

    “The main driver of our margin expansion plan is the unit cost reduction derived from the transformation of our fleet with next-generation aircraft, which have more seats and higher fuel efficiency. The Airbus A320neos and the Embraer E2s have a CASK that is approximately 29% and 26% lower than the current generation aircraft that we operate”.

    Tourism New Zealand CEO Stephen England-Hall on New Zealand’s tourism growth of 2.2% year-on-year for Jan-2019:

    “Recent moderation in visitor arrival growth is not unexpected given the cyclical nature of global travel trends, which sees significant arrivals growth followed by growth moderation every few years. New Zealand isn’t immune to global trends which is why Tourism New Zealand’s portfolio strategy is designed to provide balance across markets when macro factors impact a certain market or markets”.

    Uganda Airlines CEO Ephraim Bagenda on competition in Uganda’s international market, stating:

    “There’s competition, but we intend to join the game and compete. We cannot just sit back and say ‘There’s too much competition, we can’t do anything’. We will offer what we think will be a superior product”.

    ARC president and CEO Mike Premo on NDC adoption:

    “We are still living in two universes with airline websites and indirect channels, particularly with ancillaries”.

    AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes competitors like Malindo Air or Malaysia Airlines:

    “We looked at what the market can take in terms of growth and we have just added capacity. I should not focus on my competitors, but instead on what is the growth potential of the Malaysian market and we still think the growth potential is very large”.

    VivaAerobus CEO Juan Carlos Zuazua:

    “We are capturing absolutely every bit of information [passenger data] but unfortunately we only use 5% of it… We are starting to profile our passengers and offer products to them, there is huge potential there”.

    FedEx chairman and CEO Frederick W Smith on the carriers recent results:

    “Our third quarter financial results were below our expectations and we are focused on initiatives to improve our performance. Our investments in innovation, network infrastructure and automation will increase our competitiveness and drive long-term earnings growth”.

    EVP and CFO Alan B Graf Jr stated: “Slowing international macroeconomic conditions and weaker global trade growth trends continue, as seen in the year-over-year decline in our FedEx Express international revenue”.