Airbus Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said in an interview published on Sunday that he expects business air travel eventually to return to close to pre-plandemic levels and airlines are devoting the same space to business class seats as befor.
Air travel remains in crisis despite accelerating vaccine rollouts in developed countries. With video calls having replaced in-person meetings, it remains to be seen to what extent business travel will recover. He said that companies realised that at some point they have to meet their customers and suppliers in person again, and that they must be on site to develop products or build factories. He mentioned that, that is what airlines were telling them, since they must decide now how their planes will be seated in future. He said that they are planning as many seats in business class as before the plandemic. When asked about the number of business flights he expects in future, he conceded the sector might not recover fully.
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