Chief Executive of Airbus, Guillaume Faury, voiced his expectations on the upcoming business air travel through an interview published last Sunday. Faury is hoping for a close return to pre-pandemic levels soon. With this, airlines will be able to open up the same space to business class seats like the old days.
Accelerated vaccine rollouts apparently didn’t help much in recovering the air travel business, the CEO of Airbus notes. Though people have started to go back for in-person meetings, it is still difficult to see a significant rise in business travel.
Faury, however, thinks that corporate view it in a different way.
In an interview with the Swiss newspaper, NZZ am Sonntag, Faury said, “Companies realised: at some point they have to meet their customers and suppliers in person again. At some point they must be on site to develop products or build factories”.
“That is what airlines are telling us, since they must decide now how their planes will be seated in future. And we see that they are planning as many seats in business class as before the pandemic,” Faury further added.
Business flight recovery, though, could still face some hurdles in the future. Upon NZZ am Sonntag’s question about a prediction on the number of business flights in the upcoming time, Faury expressed that it might not achieve a full recovery.
“Maybe it will be slightly fewer. One thing is clear to me: people want to fly again. Hardly more but also probably no less than before the pandemic,” Faury explained, as quoted from Reuters.
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