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.

    Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on the plans of COO Peter Bellew to step down before the end of 2019:

    “Mr Bellew has done great work over the past 18 months to improve our operations, renew our engineering team, and significantly improve our operations management and on-time performance”.

    AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes stated it would be “hard to justify” a service from Southeast Asia to Europe, due to there being “so much capacity” in the market: 

    “Obviously, it’s a dream of mine to go back to London… it’s just we can’t make money [on the route] right now”.

    Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam stated the share of the African aviation market held by local airlines is “not fair”:

    “About 80% of the traffic in Africa is carried by foreign carriers while 20% is carried by African carriers” whereas foreign carriers previously “used to carry 60% some years ago”. Mr GebreMariam noted: “There is a possibility that the market share can be zero” and airlines must “work together with all African countries to ensure that there are strong home-grown indigenous carriers”.

    Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam on the carrier aiming to establish a new airline in Nigeria:

    “We are making it abundantly clear that we want to start a new one because starting from a clean slate or paper is advantageous because we won’t have any legacy or baggage to carry”. Mr GebreMariam stated the carrier is in discussions “at all levels” with private and local carriers as well as governments in Nigeria with “strong indication and interest from both sides”.

    Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) CEO Yuri Miroshnikov stated Ukraine is attracting LCCs and prices are falling further due to their presence and growing competition:

    “We’re fighting the course every day and every minute, it’s not easy to achieve the level of LCCs operating the hub and spoke model”. Mr Miroshnikov added: “We are delivering the principle of low price network carrier”.

    Airports Council International North America (ACI NA) president and CEO Kevin Burke advocated for airports to reconsider their approaches to airport security in reaction to the growing use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS):

    “Airport security is no longer simply limited to the perimeter of the airport; measures must be taken to protect beyond the perimeter for departing and approaching aircraft. As we’ve seen, recent incursions around airports demonstrate that more needs to be done and at a faster pace than the regulatory process allows”.

    Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on Ryanair stating it expects Boeing MAX delivery delays to slow capacity growth for winter 2019/2020 and summer 2020:

    “Ryanair remains committed to the B737 MAX aircraft, and now expects that it will return to flying service before the end of 2019, however the exact date of this return remains uncertain”. For planning purposes, Ryanair will revise its summer 2020 schedule based on 30 incremental aircraft, rather than 58. This will cut the airline’s summer 2020 growth rate from 7% to 3% and means full year traffic growth for the year to Mar-2021 will be cut from 162 million passengers to approximately 157 million.

    TAP Air Portugal CEO Antonoaldo Neves on the carrier’s expansion plan:

    “Our network expansion plan for the next four years include over 30 new European destinations and around 25 intercontinental destinations”.

    Hogfish Ventures CEO and co-founder Robert T Sweeting on Volans-i and Fli Drone announcing a strategic partnership to provide on demand drone delivery services in the Bahamas:

    “The Bahamas is the most opportunistic area in the world for UAV deployment and development. Our inter island nation can greatly benefit from a streamlined supply chain, capable of delivering goods to any island with minimal infrastructure”.