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.

    Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith said he is “not convinced yet” of the low cost long haul business model:

    “I think most people in the industry are not convinced that you should go buy brand new 787s without a true premium cabin, while not being able to get prime slots at the best airports”, Mr Smith said. He argued Air France can discount the remaining 50 to 100 seats on its widebody aircraft and still be profitable. “In the summer if you want a price to New York, or to LA or to San Francisco, we have built in LCC on some of these big airplanes”.

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines president and CEO Pieter Elbers on the Air France-KLM fleet swap involving Boeing 787s and A350 aircraft:

    “Optimising the number of different aircraft types KLM operates is very important for our operational efficiency and productivity”. He added: “That is why KLM is happy to be able to expand the 787 fleet via this order swap… with these additional 787-10s, KLM will be ready to further develop its route network bringing in the next few years the total 787s for KLM to 28”.

    London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair: 

    “Our contribution to Newham’s society goes hand in hand with our role as an enabler for London, providing air connections for business, and increasingly, leisure travellers between the UK capital and 45 domestic, European and US destinations”. Mr Sinclair added the new routes “are not just for business travellers – they mirror the diversity of the borough”.

    Somon Air CEO Tom Hallam on plans to order one Boeing 737 MAX being put on hold, following a request from the board:

    “I am not willing to go forward [with the MAX] until the aircraft is back in operation, until there’s some experience – beyond my own personal experience – that can be convincing”.

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines president and CEO Pieter Elbers on the carrier inviting aviation stakeholders to participate in a new ‘Fly Responsibly’ initiative enabling sharing of existing sustainability best practices and tools:

    “Sustainable development in aviation is not a ‘one-airline-topic’ and actual progress will only be made when we work together as an industry”.