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Low-Cost Carriers Raise Competitive Bar with Ambitious Fleet Strategy

by 
Judson Rollins
August 18, 2021
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4
 min read

It’s a perfect storm for LCCs, especially startups: idle aircraft and other aviation assets, combined with cheap capital, have lowered the barriers to entry.

Revenue Management Metrics and KPIs

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Revenue Management Metrics & KPIs

by 
Joseph Vito DeLuca
June 23, 2021
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4
 min read

Here are some of the baseline metrics to help analysts measure the effectiveness of their revenue management tactics.

Intent Data: How Airlines Forecast Demand Before Bookings Materialize

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Intent Data: How Airlines Forecast Demand Before Bookings Materialize

by 
Judson Rollins
June 9, 2021
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7
 min read

How can airlines forecast demand when our historical data is meaningless? Many are turning to intent data to fill this gap.

Managing Revenue During Covid-19: New Segments & Booking Behavior

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Managing Revenue During Covid-19: New Segments & Booking Behavior

by 
Avgeek
May 27, 2021
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6
 min read

Because of COVID-19 and its effects on travel and human behavior, revenue management teams have been dealing with entirely new passenger segments with unique booking trends.

Airline Forecasting Since COVID-19: The Rise of Alternative Data

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Airline Forecasting Since COVID-19: The Rise of Alternative Data

by 
Joseph Vito DeLuca
May 12, 2021
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7
 min read

Historical data used to be the go-to source of data, but because of COVID-19, it’s essentially been rendered useless. So, what information and tactics can airlines turn to instead?

Why Traditional Forecasting Methods are Obsolete & What Airlines Can Do Instead

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Why Traditional Forecasting Methods are Obsolete & What Airlines Can Do Instead

by 
Juan Afeltra
May 5, 2021
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5
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Without accurate historical data, airlines are faced with finding new ways to forecast pricing and revenue. Here's what they can do.

O&D, Leg, or Hybrid? Balancing Revenue Management Sophistication and Complexity

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O&D, Leg, or Hybrid? Balancing Revenue Management Sophistication and Complexity

by 
Judson Rollins
April 21, 2021
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4
 min read

There are three types of inventory controls when it comes to revenue management systems — O&D, leg and hybrid. Which approach is best for your airline?

What is the Difference Between Origin & Destination and Leg/Segment Inventory Controls?

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What is the Difference Between Origin & Destination and Leg/Segment Inventory Controls?

by 
Joseph Vito DeLuca
April 7, 2021
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4
 min read

When it comes to revenue management, there are two competing optimization strategies — origin and destination (O&D) and segments. Let's take a look at them.

Fare buckets and fare classes - airline pricing is changing

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Fare Classes and Buckets: What They are & How Pricing Strategies are Changing

by 
Joseph Vito DeLuca
March 2, 2021
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5
 min read

Airlines have traditionally used a segmentation mechanism know as fare buckets or fare classes, but that practice is slowly changing for more dynamic solutions.

Empty airport. Commercial airlines challenges during the pandemic.

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Holistic Commercial Thinking: Managing in Pandemic Urgencies & Beyond

by 
Joseph Vito DeLuca
February 23, 2021
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2
 min read

Check out this infographic from #rebootaviation which outlines how airlines can leverage holistic commercial thinking to manage pandemic urgencies.

How to handle slow business travel recovery

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Managing a Tepid Business Travel Recovery Requires More Than Sharp Pricing

by 
Judson Rollins
February 16, 2021
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5
 min read

How can your airline handle slow business travel recovery? Reduced travel by business customers requires new strategies stretching far beyond revenue management.

Airlines' Commercial Challenges and Opportunities

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Airlines' Commercial Challenges & Opportunities in 2021 & Beyond

by 
Joseph Vito DeLuca
February 2, 2021
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2
 min read

A panel of four experts explores what is needed to navigate the emerging new landscape of airline commercial realities in a pandemic environment.

You can increase revenue with this simple revenue management housekeeping chore

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Increase Revenue With This Simple Revenue Management Housekeeping Chore

by 
Steve Hendrickson
January 28, 2021
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5
 min read

Cluster analysis and classification schemas are not the sexiest parts of revenue management. But they are vital parts of optimizing RM performance.

Airlines' data silos must fall in favor of commercial unification.

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The Collapse of Data Silos Will Drive Airlines' Commercial Unification

by 
Joseph Vito DeLuca
January 21, 2021
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3
 min read

For airlines to find commercial success in the post-COVID world, old techniques must fall by the wayside in favor of democratized data and inter-departmental collaboration.

How airlines can test demand

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How Airlines Can Test Demand Before and After Re-Adding Capacity  

by 
Judson Rollins
January 18, 2021
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5
 min read

How can airlines test the demand waters before committing to flights that may not sell at sufficient volume or yield to break even?

Corendon Airlines interview with CFO Olcay Türker on expansion and process transformation.

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Corendon Airlines Undergoes Process Transformation as the Tour-Operator Owned Carrier Aims to Grow Scheduled Flights to 75% of Revenue by 2025

by 
Joseph Vito DeLuca
October 13, 2020
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7
 min read

The airline is evolving its business model and processes, securing strategic expansion and investing in digital innovation, while keeping an optimistic outlook for 2021.

Airfract baggage on an airport runway from ancillary sales

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How Airlines Can Leverage Pricing & Ancillaries to Increase Revenue

by 
Nicole Roedig
September 24, 2020
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5
 min read

Given the low demand levels and hesitancy of many people to fly, ancillaries are an effective way for airlines to generate income and increase immediate cashflow.

Loyal airline customer with boarding pass at airport

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Can Airlines Turn Frequent Flier Miles Into Bonds?

by 
Jack Chen
August 31, 2020
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3
 min read

There may not be many frequent fliers now, but loyalty can still give airlines security.

Traveler with facemask at airport checking flight schedules

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What Is On-Time Performance (OTP)?

by 
David Kaplan
August 26, 2020
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5
 min read

How has Covid-19 impacted airlines' On-Time Performance the past few months?

The life of a Revenue Manaagement Analyst

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A Week-in-the-Life of a Revenue Management Analyst

by 
Megan Vigfusson
July 13, 2020
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9
 min read

Megan Vigfusson, reflects on her time within Revenue Management departments, reminiscing about a representative workweek

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Airport Retail: When Will We See a Return to Normalcy?

by 
Cimarron Buser
June 3, 2020
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5
 min read

Glimmers of hope are starting to appear at some airport shops.

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Europe’s Flawed Airline Industry Assistance

by 
David Delfini
June 2, 2020
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9
 min read

Shoring up weaker carriers at the expense of more vibrant competitors will weaken the continent’s travel market recovery.

World Aviation Festival Exhibitors Hall

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Sponsored Post: World Aviation Festival May and June Webinars

by 
World Aviation Festival
May 20, 2020
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1
 min read

In these uncertain times, the World Aviation Festival is offering its community a way to stay connected and share ideas.

Empty airplane cabin

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Video Interview: What Can Airlines Do Now To Manage Cash And Costs?

by 
David Kaplan
April 13, 2020
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1
 min read

International aviation industry consultant René Armas Maes on the immediate tasks carriers can undertake to get through this phase of the coronavirus crisis.

Empty first class seats reclined

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Recounting Loyalty

by 
Chris Anthony
April 6, 2020
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4
 min read

Like so many things, the COVID-19 crisis suggests it’s time airlines rethink elite status.