Major Airlines Change Strategy, Charge Fees and Boost Profits, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The commercial airline industry has always been particularly vulnerable to economic and political changes.  The deregulation of the U.S. airline industry in 1978 was a watershed event that led to intense price competition.  Thereafter, several factors conspired to create multiple challenges for airlines.  The stock market crash of 2000, the attacks on the U.S. via terrorist-controlled airliners on September 11, 2001, rapidly rising fuel costs and intense competition, among other problems, bankrupted several airlines and threatened many more with similar fates.  In 2008-09 when the global economic crisis hit in earnest, global airlines were awash in losses. Airlines around the…

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