Washington, May 12 (Reuters) – Dave Calhoun, chief executive of U.S. aircraft maker Boeing Co., expects passenger traffic to return to a quarter of normal levels in September, making it necessary for airlines to adjust after the new coronal pneumonia epidemic.
Originaltitle: Boeing CEO expects passenger traffic to return to normal levels by a quarter in September
“The airline industry will not be going back to 100 percent, or even 25 percent, in an INTERVIEW that aired Tuesday, local time,” Dave Calhoun said in an NBC interview that aired Tuesday local time. It may reach 50% by the end of this year. As a result, airlines will certainly adjust. “
Asked if it was possible that a major American airline would have to go out of business, he said: “Yes, it’s very likely.” It could happen in September. September is the deadline for the U.S. government’s aviation employment assistance program.
Responding to Dave Calhoun’s comments, Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe said: “He is talking about the general uncertainty in the airline industry, not against any particular airline. “
“Whether it’s the unfortunate ness or potential future impact of some airlines during this period,” said Nick Careen, senior vice president of airports, cargo, passenger and security at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) airport, cargo, passenger and security services, at a recent “FlightPlan: Charting a Course Into the Future” online sharing event hosted by Inmarsat Aerospace and The Air Passenger Experience Association. Some airlines have been grounded altogether, some have maintained only 10-20% of their operations, and some have focused more on logistics, but these are almost their full-quarter profits. This outbreak, in the near future, there are no similar cases for us to learn from. “
Nick Careen predicts that the new coronapneumonia outbreak could change the way airlines serve passengers, including introducing staggered boarding processes and accelerating the adoption of biometrics and self-service technologies at airports.
Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat, said the recovery in the aviation industry was a relatively slow process, but would gradually adjust over the next two to three years, with the new normal set at about 80 per cent.