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

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A Delta Air Lines Airbus A220.

Guillaume Faury said airlines are devoting the same space to business-class seats as before. The Airbus CEO told Swiss outlet NZZ am Sonntag that corporate thinking had begun to change. Companies realised they needed to meet their suppliers and customers in person again, he said. See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury expects business air travel eventually to return to close to pre-pandemic levels, he said in an interview published on Sunday.

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

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.

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

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

“That is what airlines are telling us, since they