© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury attends Airbus’ annual press conference on 2019 results in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, on February 13, 2020. REUTERS / Regis Duvignau / File Photo
Air travel remains in crisis despite the accelerated introduction of vaccines in developed countries. With video calling replacing face-to-face meetings, it remains to be seen how much business travel will recover.
But Faury told the Swiss newspaper NZZ on Sunday that entrepreneurial thinking had changed.
“The companies have recognized that at some point they will have to meet their customers and suppliers again in person. At some point they have to be there to develop products or build factories, ”he said.
“That’s what airlines are telling us, as they now have to decide how their planes will be seated in the future. And we see that they are planning as many seats in business class as they were before the pandemic.”
When asked how many business flights he expected in the future, he admitted the industry may not recover fully.
“Maybe there will be a little less. One thing is clear to me: people want to fly again. Hardly more, but probably no less than before the pandemic.”
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