Sabre VP travel solutions Middle East and Africa Dino Gelmetti believes achieving innovation comes down to a company’s willingness to change and lessons in any future retail like strategy will mainly come from outside the aviation industry.

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CAPA Perth Summit

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Perth: CAPA Perth Summit

CAPA’s Perth Aviation Summit explores key issues & opportunities facing the industry in this region. A separate Corporate Travel Summit is being held at this time for buyers and suppliers on how these issues & opportunities impact their travel programmes.

Wizz Air achieved (14-Jun-2019) the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger among competitor airlines. The carrier reported 56.5g CO2 per passenger/km in May-2019, a decrease of 4.4% year-on-year. Wizz Air plans to include the emissions figure in monthly statistics. CEO József Váradi said: "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". [more - original PR]

Lufthansa Group reported (13-Jun-2019) the following traffic highlights for network airlines* for May-2019:

*Network airlines include Lufthansa, regional airlines, SWISS, Edelweiss Air and Austrian Airlines.

Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) supported (13-Jun-2019) Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau's decision for Canada to conduct an independent validation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. ACPA noted future training on the 737 MAX in Canada should include simulator training that will incorporate all systems and equipment which will exist in the aircraft, as well as potential scenarios which could involve all aircraft systems or equipment. The association also urged the government to ensure Boeing fully discloses its reasons for developing and deploying the MCAS system without issuing a proper notification to regulatory authorities, operators and pilots regarding the system's inclusion. [more - original PR]

CAAC reported the following traffic highlights for Chinese airlines (Carnoc.com, 13-Jun-2019):

  • May-2019:
    • Passengers: 54.5 million, +8.7% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 48.5 million, +7.6%;
      • International: 6.0 million, +18.7%;
    • Cargo: 624,000 tonnes, -0.4%;
      • Domestic: 416,000 tonnes, stable;
      • International: 208,000 tonnes, -1.2%;
  • Five months ended May-2019:
    • Passengers: 268 million, +8.5%;
      • Domestic: 238 million, +7.6%;
      • International: 30.2 million, +16.5%;
    • Cargo: 2.9 million tonnes, -1.4%;
      • 2.0 million tonnes, -1.5%;
      • 949,000 tonnes, -1.1%.

Transat reported (13-Jun-2019) its outlook for the following markets during summer 2019:

  • Trans Atlantic outbound from Canada and Europe: Constitutes substantial portion of business during summer 2019, with capacity up 1% from May-2019 to Oct-2019. Load factors are up 0.7% year-on-year and 64% of capacity is sold;
  • Sun destinations outbound from Canada: Low season during summer 2019. Load factors and capacity comparable to 2018, with 60% of capacity sold.

Transat expects 3Q2019 results to be slightly higher year-on-year, provided current trends remain. [more - original PR - English/French]

Dufry opened (13-Jun-2019) a 1200sqm walk through store at Perth Airport's international departures hall following a five month refurbishment. The new store represents a 50% expansion of the duty free offering in T1 International with more than 1600 new products available. The store covers core duty free categories including cosmetics and perfumes, and wine and spirits, in addition to a 'Perth Street Market' area showcasing local Australian products. Dufry also plans to open a 1100qm store at the airport's arrivals hall. [more - original PR]

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