The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
WOW air CEO Skuli Mogensen on ceasing all operations with immediate effect:
“We have run out of time and have unfortunately not been able to secure funding for the company,” adding “I will never be able to forgive myself for not taking action sooner”.
MAHB CEO Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin:
“Malaysia Airports is committed to elevate Malaysia’s positioning to become Asia Pacific’s preferred MRO hub through concerted developments at Subang Airport and KLIA Aeropolis. Subang Aerotech Park is estimated to attract MYR1 billion (USD245 million) of investment, both locally and internationally and support over 5000 jobs including high skilled workers, within the next five years. We are always striving to work with various aerospace specialists partner in materialising these benefits”.
JEJU air CEO Lee Seok-joo on not introducing Boeing 737 MAXs until all safety issues related to the aircraft type have been resolved:
“Our basic principle is that we do not introduce any aircraft till there is complete international consensus over a plane’s safety… In other words, we will only operate the plane after the manufacturer can prove it is safe to fly”.
Air Prishtina chair and CEO Leyla Ibrahimi-Salahi on the company “working on rebranding” Germania Flug following its acquisition in Feb-2019:
“It definitely will not be just a Balkan airline. That would not be enough for survival”, she said, adding while the Balkans market will offer good support for the company it will continue to offer “classic, hot, water destinations” such as Gran Canaria.
easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren on its Brexit strategy and outlook:
“We are operationally well prepared for Brexit… For the second half [of FY2018/19] we are seeing softness in both the UK and Europe, which we believe comes from macroeconomic uncertainty and many unanswered questions surrounding Brexit which are together driving weaker customer demand. We are rolling out further initiatives to support our trading and are making significant progress in our Operational Resilience Programme, which is designed to make the easyJet flying experience better for our customers over the summer”.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes on suggestions that he might be the person to turn around Malaysia Airlines in combination with AirAsia:
“My philosophy has been organic growth. I generally don’t believe in acquisition because it comes with a lot of inherent issues. When you import through acquisition, it comes at a risk, so it’s not my preference”. Mr Fernandes previously denied claims the group expressed interest in acquiring Malaysia Airlines, adding: “It’s best that we do our own thing, and we’ve got a lot on our plate”.