There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane: Either you have diarrhea, or you're anxious to meet people who do.— Henry A. Kissinger
Fascinating Airline Industry quotations
There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.
The airline industry is full of bullshitters, liars and drunks. We excel at all three in Ireland.
Failure saves lives. In the airline industry, every time a plane crashes the probability of the next crash is lowered by that. The Titanic saved lives because we're building bigger and bigger ships. So these people died, but we have effectively improved the safety of the system, and nothing failed in vain.
Failure saves lives. In the airline industry, every time a plane crashes the probability of the next crash is lowered by that.
If the Wright brother were alive today Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs.
I'm involved in everything from highly progressive lighting systems to airline interiors. In the field of transportation I can go from the micro to the macro: architecture, transportation, industrial product design, right across the board. It's Russian dollism, because they all interrelate: one goes into the other.
It's not a testosterone-driven industry any longer.
Success is making money, not in the size of the airline.
The thing I miss about Air Force One is they don't lose my luggage.
A recession is when you have to tighten your belt;
depression is when you have no belt to tighten. When you've lost your trousers - you're in the airline business.
These days no one can make money on the goddamn airline business.
The economics represent sheer hell.
Motto of the U.S. airline industry - "We're Hoping to Have a Motto Announcement in About an Hour."
We are long-term players in the industry.
We're not just crazy and emotional. We try to be logical business managers.
The airline business is crazy. I've not been enamored with the industry in general. You can't depend on anybody and anything. It's dog-eat-dog and one thing or another from one minute to the next. What I understand about it, I don't like what I see.
Airlines need staff to fly and maintain their aircraft.
They need to pay applicable taxes and gate fees. They need to buy new planes, repair worn-out parts, manage their company pension plan, and everything else a service industry has to do. But by far, the largest chunk of their non-payroll operating budget goes to fuel. That's what costs the most for any given flight.
And [we hope to sell] the clean fuels to other airlines.
I mean, the exciting thing about the breakthrough with clean fuels for the airline industry is there's only 1,700 pumps in the world that fill up the airlines.
What opened up the American West was the fact that you owned the real estate.
You owned the gold mines, the oil wells. The creation of these, back then, million dollar industries drove the railroads and eventually the airlines to provide this kind of transportation.
Governments have supported airlines as if they were local football teams.
But there are just too many of them. This is the only industry I know that has lost money consistently and makes money infrequently.
Regulation has gone astray. . . . Either because they have become captives of regulated industries or captains of outmoded administrative agencies, regulators all too often encourage or approve unreasonably high prices, inadequate service, and anticompetitive behavior. The cost of this regulation is always passed on to the consumer. And that cost is astronomical.
This industry attracts more capital than it deserves.
I was engaged in what I believe to be the most thrilling industry in the world-aviation. My heart still leaps when I see a tiny two-seater plane soaring gracefully through the sky. Our great airlines awe me. Yet I know they were not produced in a day or a decade.
What we are trying to do at Virgin is not to have one enormous company in one sector under one banner, but to have two hundred or even three hundred separate companies. Each company can stand on its own feet and, in that way, although we've got a brand that links them, if we were to have another tragedy such as that of 11 September - which hurt the airline industry - it would not bring the whole group crashing down.