VIENNA (Reuters) – Airbus Chief Executive Guillaume Faury expects business air travel to eventually return to near-pandemic levels and airlines are dedicating the same space to business class seats as before, he said in an interview. posted on Sunday.
Air travel remains in crisis despite the acceleration of vaccine launches in developed countries. With video calling having replaced face-to-face meetings, it remains to be seen to what extent business travel will pay off.
But Faury told the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag that corporate thinking had changed.
“Companies realized: at some point they have to meet their customers and suppliers in person again. At some point they have to be on site to develop products or build factories,” he said.
“That is what the airlines are telling us, as they must decide now how their aircraft will be positioned in the future. And we see that they are planning as many business class seats as before the pandemic.”
When asked about the number of commercial flights to expect in the future, he admitted that the sector may not fully recover.
“Maybe it’s a little less. One thing is clear to me: people want to fly again. Hardly more, but probably not less than before the pandemic.”
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