Into the Unknown: Passenger Aviation in the age of Coronavirus

Around 6 years ago, I completed my last post on developments in passenger aviation. While there were periodic liquidations of airlines, the industry was beginning to converge on a long-term equilibrium: a progressive hybridization of the core business model – merging elements of low-cost carriers with core features of legacy airline services. Consolidation at the […]

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Airline News in Brief: Insanity at Lufthansa Group; Violence at Air France and Turkish Airlines on a Slippery Slope

The seeming deafness to passenger demandsĀ of senior management at Lufthansa Group continues. At numerous airports outside of their home bases, the cost cutting madness gripping LH group means that local ticketing and rebooking staff will be removed such that if passengers have to rearrange their flights (due to flight cancellations), they will have to call […]

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Are traditional airlines commoditising themselves in their core markets?

They are all trying it. Air France/KLM, Lufthansa Group and IAG are all trying to copy Europe’s leading LCCs by launching their own ‘budget’ brand. From the outset, history is against them. Rarely in strategy analysis can the word ‘never’ be said with 100 percent certainty: full-service carriers (FSCs) have never been able to launch […]

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