A collection of quotes from CEOs in 2018.

Akbar Al-Baker, Qatar Airways Group CEO and IATA Chairman

It is undeniable that consolidation has contributed to the overall improvement of the industry, allowing airlines to generate cost synergies and network efficiencies. In recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of joint ventures and equity partnerships among airlines serving international markets. This trend has been good for consumers as airlines’ networks and routes have become better aligned with the travel needs of passengers.

Kay Kratky, Austrian Airlines CEO

A bottleneck is coming, [discussing] it should be a priority if Europe is to remain competitive in aviation.


His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines

The NDC Level 3 certification provides us with the ability to showcase a modern look and feel to the travel agent platform.


Christopher Luxon, CEO, Air New Zealand

Customer service in this industry is poor compared with, for example, the hospitality sector.


Somas Appavou, CEO of Air Mauritius

For the potential of Africa to be unlocked, Africans must have the ability to travel. It is not just about money. Solving visa issues is equally important.


Yuji Hirako, President and CEO of All Nippon Airways

With an avatar it is possible to hear, see, and feel what is going on at the other side of the world. You will see our plans to commercialize avatars in the market early in 2019.


M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines’ Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee

Personal data and its protection, which remain high on the agenda, will become even more crucial in the future.


Richard Forson, Cargolux CEO

In my view, [the use of drones] will certainly develop first on the cargo side.



Rupert Hogg, CEO, Cathay Pacific Airways

There can’t be a limited supply in infrastructure because that will only push up the price of using it.


Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO RwandAir

We need to understand what is blocking women from progressing in the industry. Raising awareness alone is not enough. There has be a deliberate attempt to fix gender inequality. We need action.


Doug Parker, American Airlines Chairman and CEO

In general, I get worried about turning airports into money-making organizations.


To the point

Jan 8

Over the last decade in #Europe, passenger charges on the average one-way ticket have more than doubled—from €16 to €33. Over the same period the airfare portion of the average ticket price fell #CEOBlog: http://bit.ly/2l0jdlx


Feb 26

Its 10 years since @VirginAtlantic flew the first Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) flight. The aviation industry is investing in SAF projects to help meet our target to cut our carbon emissions 50% by 2050. #ecofly http://bit.ly/2BR1qr5

Jun 27

#DYK Each new generation of aircraft is on avg. 20% more fuel efficient than the model it replaces. And over the next decade, #airlines will invest $1.3 trillion in new planes. #ecofly http://bit.ly/2KtcufM

Oct 24

IATA predicts air passengers will DOUBLE in 20 years to 8.2B; #protectionism could reduce #aviation's benefits to world economies bit.ly/2AqfXsA pic.twitter.com/n1wkU7iXht