The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
IAG CEO WIllie Walsh when asked which other airline he would run for a week:
“I would pick KLM and I would spend that time convincing them that they should be part of IAG”
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes reiterating that the group has no intention to acquire Malaysia Airlines:
“We have very much to do as a company. We have the know-how for low-cost businesses but we do not know much about premium businesses”.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Izham Ismail confirming the carrier “needs to be agile to respond faster to the marketplace” in order to meet customer demands:
“This was the case with our first class offering, which was changed to business suite to meet the increasing demands for a business product from customers”. He said: “We need to look at the business holistically, and where we can gain traction. This will include deeper partnerships with other airlines and also driving ancillary revenues”.
Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Sebastian Mikosz said efforts to improve the airline’s performance “will be a long and challenging process”, but added:
“We are optimistic that we are on the right track. Our overall aim is to return to a sustainably positive financial position where we can meet shareholder expectations”. Mr Mikosz added: “At the moment our focus is on returning us to profitability through reviewing our operating model to better compete in the market, efficiently deploying our assets, building our MRO capacity, and enhancing our customer experience alongside other revenue generating initiatives”.
Jet Airways deputy CEO Amit Agarwal on the airline aiming to resume operation of a significant number of aircraft grounded due to outstanding dues to lessors in the coming weeks:
“We see our fleet restoring to 65%-75% of the original fleet in the next three to four weeks. Except for some of the planes undergoing repairs we should be able to bring back aircraft fast. We are in touch with lessors and original equipment manufacturers”.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce on the airline possibly deploying higher capacity widebody equipment for the onward leg of its London-Perth route to serve Australian east coast destinations such as Sydney and Melbourne:
“There’s a case to be made out if we get bigger aircraft like the [A]350 or the [Boeing] 777-8X that at some stage in the future that the Perth-London goes to that bigger aircraft, as well as Melbourne and Sydney”.
Air Peace chairman and CEO Allen Onyema said Nigerian airlines are at a competitive disadvantage on routes to destinations in Central and West Africa due to the relatively high charges imposed on Nigerian carriers by other countries:
“Unless government intervenes, we may leave the routes to these foreign airlines. This is because if you continue operating the West and Central routes, it will affect your revenue base on the domestic scene and you will crumble. That is why most Nigerian airlines could not succeed on those destinations”.
London Stansted Airport CEO Ken O’Toole welcomed a decision by the UK Government allowing Uttlesford District Council to determine its planning application”
“Our application is in line with the Government’s aviation policy which supports airports seeking to make best use of existing runway capacity, and our proposals have been endorsed by a wide range of independent public bodies as part of a thorough local decision-making process.”