The Airline Business
Camilleri, M. A. (2018). The Airline Business. In Travel Marketing, Tourism Economics and the Airline Product (Chapter 10, pp. 167-177) Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.
13 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018
Date Written: December 1, 2017
The airline product consists of tangible and intangible elements. It is important to remember that passengers are purchasing more than the airline product; they are also acquiring its benefits, including their customer experience, which they associate with it. Hence, the process of product development and market research should be ongoing, if an airline is to keep itself up-to-date with the latest developments in the market place. The airline marketers should know what constitutes a high standard of customer service, particularly toward high-yield, profitable customers. Nonetheless, there are different kinds of customers, including; short-haul, long-haul, leisure and business passengers, who may hold different expectations from their airline. They may have certain needs and wants which could be higher on their list of priorities. In conclusion, this chapter suggests that customer-centric airlines could follow a total quality mantra, where every process is continuously improved for the benefit of customers. Such a total quality management approach implies that all members of staff are responsible to improve their airlines’ service quality.
Keywords: airline, airline business, airline product, total quality management, customer service, customer centricity, airlines, legacy airlines, low cost airlines, economy class, business class
JEL Classification: M00, M1, M10, M3, M30, M31, Z3, Z30, Z32
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