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Ben Smith
What we are seeing ... is the elimination in service from the weaker carriers such as Air Berlin and Alitalia into North America which definitely is providing opportunities for us.feedback
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Oct 25 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about SkyTeam. 81 people are quoted and you can read 125 citations of them about SkyTeam. Jean-Marc Janaillac, Michael O'Leary and Pierre Francois-Riolacci, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Jean-Marc Janaillac said: “I have never [known] sympathy from Ryanair towards legacy carriers and towards Air France-KLM in particular. I don't feel any sympathy. It is proof that its model, its social model especially, which for us is totally contrary to the European norms and the social content of our culture, has some limits.”.
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Fiona Macrae

The majority of standard travel insurance policies will not cover you for accommodation and associated costs if your airline cancels your flight, they will only cover specific limited reasons for cancellation.feedback

Nick Trend

We have notified the Alitalia bankruptcy commissioners that we will not be pursuing our interest in Alitalia or submitting any further offers for the airline.feedback

Neil Sorahan

I can't say much more other than we think it is right to be involved in the process.feedback

Daniel Röska - Sanford Bernstein

They're not the underdog any more. We will see stakeholders like pilots come back and say, if you're the largest carrier, you have to play by the books.feedback

Daniel Röska - Sanford Bernstein

It doesn't fit at all to Ryanair's strategy. You would've got a bad airline with union conflicts that doesn't fly the same aircraft. People were worried that they might wind up with Alitalia and that would cause management distractions.feedback

Graziano Delrio

We cannot make allowances for anyone who creates so much inconvenience.feedback

Graziano Delrio

It's caused a huge amount of inconvenience for Italians and we insist on the absolute respect for passengers' rights. We will monitor the situation, but we can't make allowances for such a huge amount of disruption.feedback

Fabrizio Premuti

Ryanair is a very important contributor to the Italian economy, but they have made a big mistake. The shock that the airline has created has left people thinking that we will try to cure a sick flagship company with a medicine that will make it even worse. Those responsible for selling Alitalia will have to pay close attention and consider the best interests of the country and Italian citizens. We need to find a way to ensure that Alitalia stays alive, but with all the guarantees. In this respect, it doesn't seem as if Ryanair will be able to ensure this.feedback

Michael O'Leary - Ryanair

We will be submitting an offer for the 90 jet aircraft, with their pilots, cabin crew, routes etc.feedback

Michael O'Leary - Ryanair

We'd be very willing to buy Alitalia. But I suspect... given we're the number one airline in Italy we'd be blocked under EU competition rules.feedback

Michael O'Leary - Ryanair

We would be willing to take on both the short-haul and the long-haul [fleet]. One of the aspects of Alitalia that is really attractive is the long-haul fleet, which has the capacity to grow very strongly.feedback

Willie Walsh - International Airlines Group

On the announcement yesterday, I think it's too early really to say. I don't think it really changes anything, to be honest with you.feedback

Frédéric Gagey - Air France

We believe we will see slightly positive unit revenues throughout the whole of the second half, but some of our rivals are more cautious.feedback

Willie Walsh - International Airlines Group

Generally it's a positive because it does boost the consolidation, and gets it moving forward.feedback

Frédéric Gagey - Air France

The put option means we can easily, immediately restore UK citizenship into the stake of Virgin Atlantic if it was necessary or mandatory after Brexit.feedback

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

As I get a little older, I want to be certain that all the necessary building blocks are in place for Virgin Atlantic to continue to prosper and grow for the next 50 years. The airline industry has consolidated over Virgin Atlantic's lifetime and it's now our turn to put ourselves at the heart of an important alliance, to create a stronger customer champion and build an airline which provides great opportunities for our team around the world.feedback

Frédéric Gagey - Air France

It is true that Alitalia has been one of the elements pushing us to discuss the future of the joint venture, but I will not consider it as the main element.feedback

Shai Weiss - Virgin Atlantic

The reason for this venture and timing is because it's a very good idea. The foundation of this transaction is pure business.feedback

Edward H. Bastian

By working even more closely with our great partners at Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic, together we will develop a path to increase competition across the Atlantic that will spur additional benefits for customers, employees and shareholders.feedback

Jean-Marc Janaillac - Air France-KLM

There is a common interest and the will to find solutions in the interests of the Air France-KLM group and the airlines concerned.feedback

Franco Marini

I've waited for buses from three different lines for two hours and not even one has passed. I find this way of protesting uncivil, in the 21st century there should be other ways to resolve labour issues.feedback

Jack Trout

We decided we had to position the country, not the airline. Get traffic to Belgium. Do what KLM did for Amsterdam.feedback

Michael O'Leary - Ryanair

We've written to the Italian government and we've said 'look, if something untoward happens, don't worry, we will step into the breach.feedback

King Willem-Alexander

You have an aircraft, passengers and crew. You have responsibility for them. You can't take your problems from the ground into the skies. You can completely disengage and concentrate on something else. That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying. Before September 11, the cockpit door was open. People regularly came to have a look and thought it was nice or surprising that I was sitting there.feedback

King Willem-Alexander

You have an aircraft, passengers and crew. You have responsibility for them. You can't take your problems from the ground into the skies. You can completely disengage and concentrate on something else. That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying. Before Sept. 11, the cockpit door was open. People regularly came to have a look and thought it was nice or surprising that I was sitting there. But most people don't listen anyway.feedback

King Willem-Alexander

The advantage is that I can always say that I wish everyone a heartfelt welcome in the name of the captain and the crew. So I don't have to say my own name. But most of the people don't listen anyway. For me the most important thing is that I have a hobby for which I need to concentrate completely. You have an airplane, passengers and a crew. You carry responsibility for that. You cannot take your problems from the ground with you in the sky. You can for a brief moment disconnect and concentrate on something else. That is the biggest relaxation of flying to me.feedback

Maarten Putman

When we put on our KLM uniform, I'm in command and the King is the co-pilot. For the relatively few hours he flies, he is always very sharp.feedback

King Willem-Alexander

I think flying is just amazing. You can't take your day-to-day problems with you into the air. You can completely switch off and focus on something else. That, for me, is the most relaxing thing about flying.feedback

Richard Wallace

At the end of the day, you may have three or four, possibly even five very strong 'alliances,' let's call them, for lack of a better word. It would almost be like airlines. Take Delta, KLM, Air France and their other partners. [As a consumer] it almost doesn't matter which airline you end up on if it's one of them. They're all operated under the same agreement, and they're focused on fighting against the United alliance and against the American alliance and against the Southwest alliance, if you will.feedback

Aengus Kelly - AerCap

We would have to make sure that if there were any difference in the lease rental that we got from Alitalia and what we could get from the new lessee, we would do our best to be adequately compensated from the estate of Alitalia.feedback

Aengus Kelly - AerCap

The only way they can do it is to over-commit all the time and that is why the order books of these guys have to be padded with inevitable deferral requests. And so what is happening with the U.S. airlines is nothing unusual. It has just got more publicity, but discussions like this are ongoing all over the world continually. We are looking at the aircraft and we'll continue to evaluate it. We are observing what is happening down there and speaking with the airline.feedback

Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei

The board has been very pleased with the calibre of candidates, and we expect to make an announcement in the next few weeks.feedback

Frédéric Gagey - Air France

We have to think about options in long-term for the renewal of short-haul fleet. We plan to open discussions with the planemakers by the middle or end of 2019.feedback

Corrado Di Vincenzo

It's not our fault the company is bankrupt. We worked with passion and dedication. The problems are in the management who didn't follow the right strategies. And the government didn't pass the right laws to protect our industry.feedback

Simone Filippetti

It seems that Alitalia workers have all gone nuts. Why did they reject a plan that involved a hard sacrifice but a chance of recovering to instead face the risk of a total company disruption and liquidation, and ultimately all lose their jobs anyway?feedback

Luca Bertoletti

Alitalia bankruptcy is due to bad management and #ConsumerChoice. Italian state shouldn't give any money to save it.feedback

James Hogan - Etihad Airways

We have done all we could to support Alitalia, as a minority shareholder, but it is clear this business requires fundamental and far-reaching restructuring to survive and grow in future. Without the support of all stakeholders for that restructuring, we are not prepared to continue to invest. We therefore support the necessary decision of the Alitalia Board to apply for extraordinary administration. Italy remains an important market for us and we will continue to work with Alitalia as a commercial partner alongside our own presence in Italy.feedback

Neil Smyth - Taylor Wessing

Many airlines, particularly in the US, have used insolvency processes to drive through restructuring necessary to streamline their operations to enable them to remain competitive.feedback

Giulio Alesi

I haven't flown Alitalia in years. Do we need a domestic flag carrier? I don't think that's necessary these days.feedback

Antonio Piras

I know people are against the state to jump in. But an electoral campaign is already on and this is a moment when anything can happen.feedback

Raffaele Di Giacomo

I am absolutely for Alitalia being nationalised so that workers can keep their jobs under decent contractual terms.feedback

Andrea Giuricin

This time around the public is very divided on the issue which makes things difficult. This is why political parties like Five Star or politicians like Renzi don't yet have a clear position on the issue, are not yet certain what stand to take.feedback

Natascia Turato

It's clear Italians are opposed to governments systematically running up deficits to deal with companies in crisis.feedback

Greg Curtis

Workers need to get what they deserve but at the same time it's really difficult when they interrupt travel, it really hurts the economy.feedback

Margrethe Vestager - European Union

Millions of businesses depend on air cargo services, which carry more than 20 percent of all EU imports and nearly 30 percent of EU exports. Working together in a cartel rather than competing to offer better services to customers does not fly with the Commission. Today's decision ensures that companies that were part of the air cargo cartel are sanctioned for their behaviour.feedback

Frédéric Gagey - Air France

We continue to play a position; we hope there will be a result. We are for the competition. We think we can open the markets to new actors if they apply the same rules.feedback

Manel Vrijenhoek

Worldwide, we had seven passengers whom we had to inform that there was no point in us taking them to the U.S.. There is still some lack of clarity about whom this ban affects.feedback

Michael O'Leary - Ryanair

We can help them by offering them cheap feed, low-cost feed into their hubs ... but that means taking out aircraft, people, and that's very difficult politically in Italy. We are still talking to them. It is nothing other than a takeover. They have been very receptive. The outcome for fares depends on what happens on Brexit and economic confidence in UK and Europe, what happens to oil, and unforeseen security events.feedback

Michael O'Leary - Ryanair

As long as profitability continues to rise from 1.25 billion (euros) last year, in line with traffic, ... I see no reason why share buy backs shouldn't continue, absent unforeseen shocks.feedback

Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei

We must ensure that the airline is the right size and the right shape. We must continue to improve cost efficiency, productivity and revenue. We must progress and adjust our airline equity partnerships even as we remain committed to the strategy.feedback

Cramer Ball - Alitalia

It is vitally important that the airline's workforce and major stakeholders, such as corporate partners, suppliers and unions, embrace and accept the radical changes we need in order to gain the next round of significant funding from our shareholders, which will be crucial for our future.feedback

Andrea Giuricin

The low-cost carriers are getting stronger, Alitalia is weak in Italy and Europe, is a tiny player in intercontinental traffic and has little money to invest. Either Etihad finds a European solution to Alitalia or lets it close up shop, although I doubt Rome would allow that.feedback

Pierre Francois-Riolacci - Air France-KLM

We expect a similar decline for the fourth quarter as we saw in the third quarter.feedback

Yan Derocles

The project is a bit disappointing. Boost is a bit of a surprise but it's hard to see how it will really position itself and be profitable.feedback

Jean-Marc Janaillac - Air France-KLM

Joint ventures allow us to work in these countries and to have a kind of global system of airlines without having to consolidate by buying other companies.feedback

Jean-Marc Janaillac - Air France-KLM

The target will be how much cash flow do we need to buy planes to allow us to grow. We'll discuss with the different unions to know how we will achieve these targets.feedback

Jean-Marc Janaillac - Air France-KLM

We are not in the United States. We are still different countries. We have rules within Europe where a non–European carrier cannot have the majority of European carriers. That means that consolidation is going to be difficult.feedback

Jean-Marc Janaillac - Air France-KLM

The goal is to restore confidence and trust where it's lacking, and secondly to clarify some strategic options.feedback

Jean-Marc Janaillac - Air France-KLM

In terms of competitiveness we are lagging behind our competitors and our cost structure is still too high. We still have work to do.feedback

Jean-Marc Janaillac - Air France-KLM

We can see the effect on Air France already, we will feel it even more in the coming months.feedback

Simone Menne

We don't have any visibility on how people are booking, and we're losing group bookings from Asia and the United States due to travel warnings.feedback

Carsten Spohr - Deutsche Lufthansa

We expect the high pricing pressure to continue... This is why we will push on our efficiency increases even more consistently.feedback

Pierre Francois-Riolacci - Air France-KLM

We are seeing pressure for July and August. He expected unit revenues - a measure of pricing - to decline in those months.feedback

Boet Kreiken - KLM Cityhopper

KLM believes that sustainable biofuel is important for the airline industry.feedback

Pierre Francois-Riolacci - Air France-KLM

It badly hit our customers, especially in the Japanese market. With the November 13 attacks, we had a second hit. We estimate that the second hit impact was about 1.20 million euros that impacted us somewhere in November/ December… But we believe this impact today has nearly 100 percent faded away.feedback

Pierre Francois-Riolacci - Air France-KLM

I think that people sometimes overestimate the fuel price and the effect in 2015, which was a bit more than 400 million euros, because there was hedging and also there was the euro-dollar rate that of course upset quite a lot of this price decrease. So it surely helped us but at the same time, we had downward pressure on the revenues, with unit revenues being down, excluding forex, significantly, from one year to the other.feedback

Pierre Francois-Riolacci - Air France-KLM

We had a lower demand in Asian markets but driven by Japan. We cannot notice anything in a slowdown in 2015 coming from China, we have not noticed any significant downward impact coming from China. Japanese tourists are not coming to Europe anymore like they were before.feedback

Pierre Francois-Riolacci - Air France-KLM

These attacks are not good news for anyone… [but] people are not going to stop living, not going to stop traveling.feedback

Pierre Francois-Riolacci - Air France-KLM

A year ago we were selling 80 percent of our tickets [from] Japan in Japan, now only 50 percent.feedback

Carsten Spohr - Deutsche Lufthansa

With the recent market developments, the importance of efficiency gains is prioritised.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

According to the information available, the main hypothesis is that the crash was caused by a technical failure on the plane. But the answer will be found in the examination of the black boxes.feedback

Manuel Valls

The challenge is Air France's survival in the end. And the government which as shareholder has a 17 percent stake is playing a full role in supporting the management and in supporting the really necessary reforms within Air France. Several weeks remain before we will be forced to implement plan B from January 2016 which foresees numerous departures at Air France, not compulsory layoffs but numerous departures.feedback

Alexandre de Juniac - Air France-KLM

Accident or incident statistics are very closely followed by everyone in the air transport industry, and they don't show that. In other words, low-cost carriers are no less safe, and it cannot be claimed that they are not as safe. What happened to Germanwings is a very, very special case, really exceptional in my opinion, and should not be linked in any way to the character of the airline.feedback

Antoine Juillard - Euronews

Many people have been wondering after this tragedy if low-cost flights are not in fact less safe than the traditional carriers. What is your opinion?feedback

Jorge Amaral - Air Force

In legal terms, we can't confirm that it is the Air France plane.feedback

Serge Pawlak

Obviously, there's no list. The foreign office said to call Air France to get the names on the list, but we're still waiting. They gave us a confirmation, but only by stepping-up our personal inquiry, so it's really really tough.feedback

Roberto Maroni

This wildcat strike will not be allowed to continue as it is a violation of the law. It's illegal behaviour which we will counter to guarantee people the right to travel.feedback

Andrea Cavola

The number of the workers is totally insufficient and has to be looked at again. The criteria used has to be revised; if things don't change, this will be the first in a long series of strikes.feedback

Marina Catena

It was a really great thing for me. Because I am the first female Italian soldier to receive this French decoration. France is, in a way, my chosen country, the country with the language that I like most, where I spent time as an Erasmus student in Strasbourg; the country where I worked as a stewardess for Air France, the first non-French stewardess employed by Air France. It's the country which has taught me how to live somewhat without borders. So, it's a country to which I am profoundly grateful and getting this medal filled me with joy.feedback

Antonio Divietri

There unfortunately wasn't enough participation from the various players, and maybe not enough by the government as well because I didn't hear anything from the government on this.feedback

Pierre-Henri Gourgeon

It's what happened last year. It's our goal.feedback

Klaus Walher - Deutsche Lufthansa

As far as we can see right now, about a quarter of flights leaving Frankfurt have been affected. The union said the action would end at 13H (CET) and we hope we'll be able to take all passengers who planned a trip today to their destination.feedback

Antonio Tajani

The loan should be paid back by Alitalia and not by the CAI consortium. Given the fact that we don't think Alitalia is able to guarantee this repayment we ask the sale of its assets represent their real market value.feedback

Alexandre de Juniac - Air France-KLM

At the moment, Air France is in the middle of big changes, with very limited resources, and that means we have to be extremely careful.feedback

Patrick Henry-Haye - Air France

Crews are at risk when they stay a night in those countries because they don't have any protection there. Air France gives one mask per flight attendant and those masks, when you start using them can only be used for five hours so when you stay for 24-48 hours if something happens they have nothing to protect themselves.feedback

Anne Devineaux

The investigation highlighted numerous gaps in terms of the planes maintenance – for the Air France Concorde and also for the Continental DC10. Have we learned lessons from the crash?feedback

Tommaso Schioppa

A national flagship airline is something unique and that plays a key role in how a country identifies itself. But, by allowing it to join up with the world's biggest airline group it is a vote of confidence.feedback

Fabrice Cueille

We believe the plan will be ineffective simply because it's not backed up by a viable industrial project. Essentially, it does not respond credibly to the economic, commercial and strategic hole we find ourselves in.feedback

Jean-Cyril Spinetta

The debts of Air France-KLM, which were 2.5 billion euros at the end of 2008, jumped to 6.5 billion by the end of 2011. If we are not quickly able to halt this trajectory, it'll saddle the group with serious future debt.feedback

Giovanni Magi

The future of the airline depends on the application of this restructuring plan. Only a few years ago it was a world beater in terms of turnover – now it finds itself swamped by economic and financial turbulence.feedback

Flavio Sordi

It is absolutely incorrect to call it a strike. Pilots are applying safety rules regarding technical maintenance.feedback

Jean-Cyril Spinetta

With regard to the connections between Milan and major European cities, we're going to maintain a very full network and by revising the schedules, we can considerably improve the service to the Italian business community flying from Milan.feedback

Jean-Cyril Spinetta

Alitalia is not ready to, as we say in French, to 'monter dans le train', to 'go in the train', not the aircraft, at the first stage. May be it will 'go in the train' in the second stage and we will have, of course, to decide this all together, Alitalia, and Air France-KLM.feedback

Frédéric Gagey - Air France

We are in a period of weak demand. We have felt the full brunt of the cyclicality of air transport.feedback

Rocco Sabelli - Alitalia

There are problems to be resolved, and there will be plenty more to resolve.feedback

Jean-Cyril Spinetta

We're very strictly respecting the Italian nature of Alitalia in all the agreements we've signed. The fact that the fourth largest European airline market – the Italian market – is now in stronger cooperation with the European leader – Air France-KLM – is obviously major, in terms of European consolidation.feedback

Vito Riggio

Alitalia has exactly three days to come up with a convincing plan to keep the license. If not we have to suspend its license because that's what the rules say.feedback

Massimo Muccioli

We speak for all our colleagues. Everyone will turn up for work. No holiday-makers should worry. There are planes, they are flying. Certainly the administrator has some financial problems, but we will work with him to find solutions that work.feedback

Guglielmo Epifani

It is unthinkable that a plan to re-launch an airline can go ahead against and without the representatives of the pilots and flight attendants.feedback

Silvio Berlusconi

As far as Alitalia is concerned, the Chancellor and I are agreed that the best option would be a deal between Lufthansa and Alitalia. We hope it will work.feedback

Raffaele Bonanni

It's a scandal. The government's worrying about the sale process, but Alitalia is going to be sold to people who just want to pay as little as possible.feedback

Peter Hartman

We needed to take these measures because our debt position and costs per unit were running too high, and because of losses on our domestic and European routes. We do this to avoid getting into trouble later.feedback

Giuseppe Caronia - Uil

We're conscious of the fact there's no alternative, so we're trying to work along those lines. And we do think there is reason to be moderately optimistic.feedback

Luigi Angeletti - Uil

We've done all we can to guarantee jobs for the majority of workers at Alitalia. We have also guaranteed the rest 80 percent of their salary, a condition unique to other workers in Italy.feedback

Giovanni Magi

Right now, high fuel costs are weighing heavily on airlines, even those like Air France-KLM that have embarked on major restructuring plans. The situation may be improving, but the outlook remains uncertain.feedback

Jean-Cyril Spinetta

There are still losses, but they are smaller losses compared to 2011. And that reflects (the airline's) very good business performance – notably for long haul – and that can be explained by the efforts made by all our workers in these difficult economic times, and their efforts in the very necessary task of gradually getting the Air France-KLM Group back to profitability.feedback

Italo Bocchino

The government's plan will not only save Alitalia, which is not going to find a buyer in its current state, but will re-launch it as a major European carrier.feedback

Paolo Ferrero

This is worse than the Air France plan, because there will be more job losses, it will cost more, and it will destroy the company.feedback

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