I consider there to be three-eras of Commercial Aviation since 1987.
- Post-9/11, but pre-Merger Era
- Merger Era
Particularly in the Merger Era we really start to see Revenue Management take hold in a way that truly produces very intelligent business practices. It was no longer a "market share for the sake of market share" mentality that drove the pre-9/11 era. You clearly see the sophistication in the using the CapEx in its most effective manner.
Below is the data of flights per day broken down by year/month. I find a few things interesting:
- May 1989 was the least amount of flights in any month
- This last July (2019) was the most amount of flight in any month
- Summer almost unanimously was the busiest months in all eras, but it shifted from August to June/July (I wonder if that has to do with school starting earlier so vacations are more June/July instead of July/August
- Pre-9/11 and Pre-Merger the slowest months were very erratic, but post-Merger it solidifies in January. I find this most fascinating because I am sure that was not by accident and all the new revenue management tools figured out that this was the time to a) take out flights and b) do heavy maintenance.
I found all of this fascinating. Figured you might too.
Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
- Sorry for the low quality of the image. I was trying to think of the best way to display this information, and this was the best I could come up with.
- If you aren't familiar with BTS data, it isn't every commercial flight in the US, but the top 10 airlines have to report it each month. Of course over 30 years the "top 10 list" changes.
- US Data Only