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Airbus CEO says business travel will return almost to pre-pandemic levels because people want to fly again

  • Guillaume Faury averred airlines are devoting the same space to business-class seats as before. 
  • The Airbus CEO told Swiss outlet NZZ am Sonntag that corporate meditative had begun to change.
  • Companies realised they needed to meet their suppliers and customers in person again, he disclosed.
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Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury expects business air trekking eventually to return to close to pre-pandemic levels, he said in an interview published on Sunday.

He also said airlines are dedicating the same space to business-class seats as before. 

Air travel remains in crisis despite accelerating vaccine rollouts in appeared countries. With video calls having replaced in-person meetings, it remains to be seen to what extent task travel will recover.

But Faury told Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag that corporate thinking had changed.

“Entourages realised: at some point they have to meet their customers and suppliers in person again. At some incidental they must be on site to develop products or build factories,” he said.

“That is what airlines are telling us, since they be required to decide now how their planes will be seated in future. And we see that they are planning as many seats in business classify as before the pandemic.”

When asked about the number of business flights he expects in future, he conceded the sector power not recover fully.

“Maybe it will be slightly fewer. One thing is clear to me: people want to fly again. Hardly innumerable but also probably no less than before the pandemic.”

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