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.


AirAsia Group CEO outlines the benefits of loyalty programmes

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said: “loyalty programmes are a great way to stimulate demand for seats you never sell and generate a phenomenal amount of rich data. In the years to come, we will know exactly where you went and if you have our co-branded cards, we also know what you spent on. And then we can tailor offers to you directly”.


Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans wants stopovers between Australia and Europe to be eradicated

“Qantas wants aircraft manufacturers to create aircraft that completely eradicate the need for a stopover on services between Europe and Australia. Australasia and Europe are the last two continents on earth that are not connected by a direct air connection and Qantas wants to be able to make these routes in one go and we have been talking to the manufacturers about this.”


Kuwait Airways deputy CEO Kamil Al-Awadhi on Fifth freedom services

“Fifth freedom services, as it is not a profitable way to operate a flight. These services are no longer viable due to lower yields. There was a time, when yield was a lot higher, when you could dilute the cost of landing and parking”.


Peach CEO Shinichi Inoue on the importance of Taiwan

“Services to and from Taiwan have become some of our most important in the five years since launching.” Peach is considering airports in Taiwan for its first overseas hub to further its Asian business expansion. Mr Inoue continued: “We will need to look carefully at the conditions of airports before making a decision.”


Italy‘s Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Graziano Delrio on a possible Meridiana/Qatar Airways partnership

Mr Delrio confirmed a meeting with Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker, stating: “The meeting focused on guarantees on the conclusion of the agreement with Meridiana and confirmation of the ambitious investment plan envisaged.” Mr Delrio said Mr Al Baker has “great interest in developing links to and from Italy through partnership with Meridiana”.


National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) responded to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) ‘Air Traffic Control Modernization: Progress And Challenges In Implementing Nextgen’ report

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said: “The report undercuts bogus arguments for privatising the nation’s Air Traffic Control system. The report determined efforts by the US FAA have delivered USD2.7 billion in benefits to all users of the system, while NextGen is on budget. While we all want ATC modernisation to continue as quickly as possible, we should not confuse that national priority with handing over the ATC system to the airlines, through privatisation”.



Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon on additional long haul routes

“Air New Zealand could operate to New York and Chicago, once the right aircraft are available.” Mr Luxon confirmed in May-2017 that the airline is considering a future order for ultra long haul capable aircraft, including the Boeing 777X and A350.