Airline Industry Quotes


The airline industry is full of bullshitters, liars and drunks. We excel at all three in Ireland. Michael O'Leary

It's not a testosterone-driven industry any longer. Success is making money, not in the size of the airline. Gordon Bethune

Motto of the U.S. airline industry - "We're Hoping to Have a Motto Announcement in About an Hour." Dave Barry

If the Wright brother were alive today Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs. Herb Kelleher

These days no one can make money on the goddamn airline business. The economics represent sheer hell. C. R. Smith

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. Adam Thomson

Failure saves lives. In the airline industry, every time a plane crashes the probability of the next crash is lowered by that. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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. Robert Brooks

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. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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. Richard Branson

Not having an administrator sends the wrong message to the airline industry. Maria Cantwell

You can't have a mid-life crisis in the airline industry because every day is a crisis. Herb Kelleher

There aren't many people around with the stomach or the knowledge to delve into the airline industry. James Coulter

The thing I miss about Air Force One is they don't lose my luggage. George H W Bush

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

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. Richard L. Hanna

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. Richard Branson

These are times of unprecedented challenge and change in the airline industry, and the appointments we are announcing today will put American in an even stronger position to continue the substantial progress that has already been made under the tenets of our Turnaround Plan. Gerard Arpey

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. Andy Weir

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. William A. Patterson



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