Sunday, January 01, 2006

6 Airline Predictions for 2006

What I think we'll see in 2006:
  • Reduction in flights to smaller citiesSadly, it's no longer going to be possible for airlines to provide service at such a loss.  I think we'll see first a reduction in the number of flights, and then total elimination of service.
  • An increase in the add-on fees to the price of a ticket.  Advertisements will continue to tout the "low-cost" ticket prices, but when you look at the add-on fees, that low-cost is just not going to materialize.
  • More airlines charging for inflight food and beverageWhat was once complimentary is no more.  Those that haven't eliminated food all together, will start charging for it, and I expect to see more airlines following the example of charging for a Coke.
  • More airlines filing for bankruptcy.  With so many carriers in bankruptcy already, it's hard to believe that there's room for any more.  But there is.  And we'll see it.
  • At least one airline will not survive the bankruptcy wars.  The most likely candidate at this point is Independence Air, but there are others whose hold on solvency is just as tenuous.
  • An airline success model will evolve.  The successful carrier will be one that provides its employees with a strong compensation/benefit package, charges ticket prices commensurate with what it costs to do business, operates in a strongly ethical manner, and is proud to brag about the way they do business.  (OK, so maybe this last one is just a dream!)
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Anonymous said...

On your last point, I flew some carrier a few years ago who had a nice simple frequent flyer system. You basically got 10% of whatever you paid for a ticket back and could spend your balance on any fare they offered. Nice, simple and transparent.

Also they will need to treat their customers with respect, openness and honesty. Needless to say that is tied with treating the employees the same way :-)

Fly Girl said...

Treating both employees and customers with respect flows from honesty and integrity. Something that we see far too little of in the business world these days.

I would much rather choose to do business with an ethical company, whose business model pays people well, treats people well, and isn't afraid to say that integrity is what they stand for. In fact, I choose now to patronize these businesses -- even if it's a couple dollars more on the price tag.

I'm sure that we can all think of company's who are proud to brag about this type of business model. Why can't the airlines get there?