The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know.
Wizz Air CEO József Váradi on achieving the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger among competitor airlines:
“We have set ambitious goals for ourselves to further reduce the impact on the environment by deploying the latest state-of-the-art technology and further reducing CO2 emissions per passenger by a third by 2030. We have the best tools to achieve this – the A321neo aircraft”.
Gol Linhas Aéreas CEO Paulo Kakinoff on Azul Linhas Aereas’ claims that Gol’s interest in Avianca Brazil’s assets is to block Azul’s entry and competition in the Rio de Janeiro-Sao Paulo Air Bridge:
“Azul has the highest airfares in the market. On their monopoly routes, their fares are up to 70% more expensive than Gol’s on equivalent routes. Just compare the values to same destinations”.
AirAsia X Group CEO Nadda Buranasiri on the addition of its A330neo aircraft increases the “ability to bring new destinations into play”:
“Direct flights to Europe and the US are now possible, and we are working on many exciting network and product plans to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by this aircraft’s extended range and significant cost efficiencies, which will be announced in due course”.
LATAM Airlines Brazil CEO Jerome Cadier on Azul CEO John Rodgerson’s claims that LATAM and Gol have teamed up to prevent Azul from entering Sao Paulo Congonhas-Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont market:
“Everything he said is based on lies, he leads the whole industry to discredit, it seems that it is a sector that is not serious, that has no rules”. Mr Cadier qualified Mr Rodgerson’s claims as “a smokescreen” as “he affirms Azul needs those 13 slots to connect to Azul’s hubs. So the discussion is not the Air Bridge… His objective is to take the slots paying the least possible, without competition”.
South African Airways Pilots Association (SAAPA) chairperson Grant Black on the appointment of Zuks Ramasia as SAA interim CEO:
“Whilst SAA made some progress under outgoing CEO Vuyani Jarana, some of the most crucial issues remain unresolved. As a result, our airline has been rendered all but dysfunctional”. He added: “SAA will not survive unless critical operational and technical deficiencies are immediately addressed by a competent leadership team. SAA needs an interim CEO with the appropriate experience and financial acumen to successfully run a major airline. Unfortunately, Ms Ramasia is not that person”.
South African Airways (SAA) responded to comments by the South African Airways Pilots’ Association (SAAPA) regarding the company’s performance and the appointment of Zukisa Ramasia as acting group CEO:
“These statements could hurt the airline more as the aviation industry is extremely sensitive to negative sentiment, especially around business continuity. The comments made are most unhelpful in the current climate the airline finds itself. Such statements are unnecessary, opportunistic and laden in hypocrisy”. SAA added: “The position adopted by SAAPA gives rise to the suspicion that they represent an anti-transformation agenda… We are disappointed but not surprised”. The airline called for SAAPA “to desist from making threats of embarking on industrial action”.
Virgin Atlantic Airways CEO Shai Weiss on the carrier rebranding Flybe to “Virgin ‘something'”:
“There possibly are opportunities to combine forces with other smaller regional players in the UK to create a much more complete offering… it could be a platform for further acquisitions”.
IAG CEO Willie Walsh on the announcement that IAG had placed an order for 14 A321XLRs.:
“The A321XLR has the same unit cost as a widebody long haul aircraft which will enable profitable network expansion. This will strengthen both Dublin and Madrid hubs providing new trans Atlantic routes and additional flexibility for connecting passengers”.