© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury attends Airbus’ annual press conference on 2019 results in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo
VIENNA (Reuters) – Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury hopes business air travel will eventually return to near pre-pandemic levels and airlines will reserve similar space for class seats merchant as before, he said in an interview published on Sunday.
Air travel remains in crisis despite the accelerated deployment of vaccines in developed countries. With video calling having replaced face-to-face meetings, it remains to be seen to what extent business travel will recover.
But Faury told Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag the company’s mindset has changed.
“Companies realize: at some point, they have to meet customers and suppliers again,” he said.
“That’s what the airlines are telling us, because now they have to decide how their planes will seat in the future. And we see that they are planning to have more. business class seats as before the pandemic.”
When asked about the number of business flights he expects in the future, he admitted the sector will likely not fully recover.
“Perhaps it will be a little less. One thing is clear to me: people want to fly again. Harder, but probably no less than before the pandemic.”
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