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.

    Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) responded (09-May-2019) to the publication of the UK Government’s Airline Insolvency Review report, stating it maintains concerns about the assessment of risk and proportionality of potential costs to consumers. BAR UK CEO Dale Keller added:

    “We believe that the risk assessments of a major airline insolvency, of the scale likely to trigger Government intervention on assisting passengers home to the UK, remain overstated within the report… We do not support a passenger levy to build a fund since the vast majority of consumers who contribute in higher airfares would never receive any benefit. The real costs of collecting and administering the proposed 50 pence per passenger are likely to be significantly greater and the Airline Insolvency Report does not go into the complexity of how such a levy should be collected only on UK originating return journeys, or how the fund would be administered”.

    IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac:

    “We must make greater use of data across our business activities and support digital transformation of our industry” in order to meet rising passenger expectations. Mr de Juniac added: “Stakeholder engagement and alignment will be crucial to achieving success”.

    Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg on the impact of the China-US trade dispute on cargo operations:

    “It is definitely the case that this year has been lower than last year”. Mr Hogg added: “Demand is down but it’s not hugely down or catastrophic”. On whether the trade dispute will affect the carrier in future, Mr Hogg said: “We just don’t know what is going to happen. It’s too early to say”.

    Oana Petrescu on being appointed CEO of Blue Air:

    “Blue Air has many opportunities ahead. In order to increase our commercial and operational performances we are, we will adopt a business model adapted to the current market – namely Low Cost – Low Complexity”.

    Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth on announcing the carrier’s first dedicated ‘Points Plane’, will operate between Melbourne-Tokyo Narita on A380 equipment on 21-Oct-2019 and returning on 26-Oct-2019. The exclusive service is available to Qantas members redeeming frequent flyer points. The service will have unique inflight services, including a bespoke cocktail and meal service, signature pyjamas and inflight giveaways:

    “If this concept is a success, which we think it will be, Qantas hopes to operate more regular Frequent Flyer only flights to other international and domestic destinations in the near future”.

    Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam on the potential return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX:

    “We have not got a time to discuss on the return to service and we have made it very clear on several occasions we would not be the first one to return their airplane back to air.” Mr GebreMariam said Boeing should undertake a more comprehensive review of the aircraft, commenting: “We strongly believe that entire flight control system needs to be reviewed”.