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Airlines: Important Events Of Last 15 Years

Thu Feb 05, 2004 5:22 pm

I think this will be interesting reading; In your opinion, what events do you think have shaped the aviation industry dramatically (or less dramatically) in the last 15 years? There are some obvious ones, such as 9-11, the emergence of the RJ, the failure of McDonnell Douglas, etc etc etc.

My underdog vote goes to is the emergence of ETOPs; consider what dominated the North Atlantic in 1990 - DC-10s, 747 Classics, L-1011s, even DC-8s!

Of course, this is, so I'm sure 99% of you will vote for the invention of PTVs!!!!!!!!!!!!
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RE: Airlines: Important Events Of Last 15 Years

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:30 pm

I would have to say the formation of the 3 big alliances: Skyteam, Oneworld and Star. For some people they mean nothing, but for some of us in the industry, they have dramatically changed the way we do business and the people we do business with.

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RE: Airlines: Important Events Of Last 15 Years

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:34 pm

The rise in prominance of LCCs in the domestic markets of the US, Canada, and Europe.

The explosion of leisure carriers and "sun" charter carriers.

The implosion of some major "legacy" carriers (Eastern, Pan Am) and the struggle the remaining ones have since faced......
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RE: Airlines: Important Events Of Last 15 Years

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:41 pm

I would have to say that the standards in First and Business Class have improved a lot for example with the introduction of the PTV or Flat Beds.

Obviously the rise of the Low Cost Carriers as already mentioned above and the effects of September 11.
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RE: Airlines: Important Events Of Last 15 Years

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:44 pm

Nothing comes close to the morning of 9/11/01.
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RE: Airlines: Important Events Of Last 15 Years

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:46 pm

I would have to say the transformation of the LCC's, no longer flying second hand and old planes, FF programs, pre assigned seats, PTV's and much more. It seems that the people running the LCC's have listened to the passengers to find out what is important and decided to give the traveling public what they want! Novel concept if you ask me. Have a product that people want to buy and use.
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RE: Airlines: Important Events Of Last 15 Years

Fri Feb 06, 2004 3:21 am

Here is my list, in order of importance:

(1) Sept. 11. The impact of this day was more than just on the airlines, although it is hard to think of any industry affected more.

(2) The Lockerbie tragedy. Until 9/11/01, no event showed the vulnerability of airline security like this disaster in 1989. Also hastened the demise of Pan Am, a truly historic and identifiable airline.

(3) As stated before in this thread, the decline of flag carriers and major airlines. Some major carriers struggled and were gone by the early '90s, such as Eastern and Pan Am. Then after a brief boom period, most major carriers were ailing again well before 2001. We have since seen several major carriers in Chapter 11 (AA, UA, US) or cease operations (Swissair, Sabena), while some historical names disappeared through acquistion (TWA, Canadian, British Caledonian).

(4) The rise to prominence of a new breed of low-cost carrier. Perhaps this point has a lot to do with (3), or maybe is a result of it. It seems every country in the world has at least one LCC fighting its flag carrier(s). In the USA, Southwest expanded to become a true coast-to-coast carrier, as well as newer low-cost carriers being born (AirTran, JetBlue). Europe has seen similar growth, with dominant LCCs such as easyJet and Ryanair.

(5) The end of supersonic transportation - Concorde. I realize that this may not seem important to some people, but I think it is very significant as there are no new supersonic transports on the near horizon. Economics won and the airline world took a technological step backward when Concorde flights ended in 2003.

(6) Two-engines for the long-haul. A quick look at what airlines were flying in 1989 vs. today is astonishing. Trans-atlantic flights were almost all 3- or 4-engined aircraft. Ditto for trans-Pacific flights. The 767, followed by the 777, A330, and even the 757, allowed airlines to efficiently fly to markets that were too big for the 747s. It literally opened up dozens of new airports to intercontinental service for the first time. The 767 accounts for easily the most trans-Atlantic flights in today's world.

(7) Increase in cabin amenities and in-flight entertainment. In 1989, most long-haul flights were punctuated by old-style film projectors and a constantly replaying music selection. The mid-90s saw the PTV quickly become the choice of airline passengers, and with it came a selection of what to watch (or play). This has even trickled down into some LCCs and on shorter flights; it is now possible to watch satellite TV, use the internet and receive emails all at 39,000 feet. Also, airline seats are much more advanced today, even in economy class. Most airlines have more pitch and more comfort today; the consumer demands it!

(8) SARS. Thankfully, the epidemic seems to have subsided for now. But it took a dramatic toll on airlines worldwide, especially in Asia. It was a disease that seemingly could be spread around the stagnant air of an airline cabin and passengers chose not to fly because of it, much like terrorism. It could have killed some airlines too. SARS maybe gone (for good, I hope), but the vulnerability of a communicable disease spreading through an airline cabin definitely exists.

These are my selections. There are probably more that I am forgetting, and the order is always up for debate, but I think this sort of sums up the last 15 years. Think of how different this industry might look 15 years from now....

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RE: Airlines: Important Events Of Last 15 Years

Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:53 am

One notable mention is the "Asian Flu". Not the current bird flu, but the 1997-1998 Asian currency crisis. So many airlines had come to rely on the cash-cow that was flights to Asia, but they quickly became loss makers when business travel plummeted. It certainly hastened the failure of Canadian Airlines, who had many many routes from Canada to Asia.
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