Discount Airlines Compete with Legacy Airlines, but the Differences Are Beginning to Blur, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The Coronavirus pandemic will cause long-lasting changes to airlines of all types, and it remains to be seen how the competition will change.  Many of the world’s discount airlines, particularly in Asia and Europe, are relatively new and under the stress of high levels of debt.  Mergers, downsizing and bankruptcies may occur over the mid-term. Since its first flight in 1971, Southwest Airlines and its no-frills business model enjoyed tremendous success, wooing customers based on price, not perks.  For most of its history, Southwest’s single-plane platform strategy (Boeing’s 737) kept maintenance costs low, while its point-to-point flying system has helped…

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