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.

    Norwegian Air CEO Bjørn Kjos on reporting total revenue of NOK8 billion (EUR829 million) in 1Q2019, a 14% year-on-year increase, driven by intercontinental growth and increased traffic in the Nordics:

    “We are optimising our base structure and route network to streamline the operation as well as divesting aircraft, postponing aircraft deliveries and not least implementing our internal cost reduction program, which will boost our financials”. He added: “I am also pleased that booking figures and overall demand for the coming months look promising”.

    Oman Aviation Group CEO Mustafa Al Hinai on the company planning to establish a dedicated logistics corridor to connect airports, sea ports, land ports and free trade zones in Oman:

    “Oman Aviation Group is working to attract new aviation companies and investors to Oman, including global logistics companies and internationally renowned hospitality, food, healthcare and freight specialists”. Mr Al Hinai also stated: “Our teams work on key national initiatives such as developing airport vicinities, distribution plans, as well as growing sea-to-air cargo capabilities”.

    Flughafen Wien Group CEO Julian Jäger reported Vienna International Airport registered a 27.5% year-on-year passenger traffic increase on routes to North America in 1Q2019:

    “Flights linking Vienna and North America have grown enormously in popularity”, he said, adding in regards to Air Canada’s launch of Toronto-Vienna service: “With Air Canada we welcome an ideal long haul partner for this region, which will continue to grow in 2019”.

    SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson announced it had to cancel an additional 504 departures on 01-May-2019, due to ongoing strike action taken by its pilots union:

    “The unions have not yet indicated that they are ready to release their ultimate demands and return to the negotiating table, which means that we remain in a deadlock”. Mr Gustafson added “we are prepared to continue negotiating and find a solution”.

    Grupo Viva Aerobus CEO Gian Carlo Nucci on the carrier’s performance in 1Q2019:

    “Our unique service proposal, supported by a disciplined operating efficiency… brings forth the lowest cost structure in Mexico”. He added: “We offer the best prices, which in turn leads to the highest load factor in the industry”.