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International Journal of Advanced Operations Management (2 papers in press)


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  • Airline Capacity Strategies: Worldwide Analysis, Taxonomies and Regional Comparison   Order a copy of this article
    by Saleh Alkhatib, Yazan Migdadi 
    Abstract: Airline capacity strategy is a crucial element of any airline operations management. However, there is no clear classification of airline capacity strategies, their taxonomies and how they differ across regions worldwide. Four stages methodology have been used: literature review content analysis, sample design, data collection/preparation and data analysis. Data for more than 350 airlines from six regions worldwide were collected, prepared and analyzed. The K-means clustering test was used for this purpose. Five main airline capacity strategies were identified and taxonomized: Low Capacity-Moderate Destination; Very-Low Capacity; Moderate Capacity-People focus; Low Capacity-Onboard focus; and Very-High Capacity-Selective Countries strategies. In addition, main capacity strategy patterns within each region were identified too. Moreover, a cross regional comparison identifies the key features, similarities and differences between regions. Finally, some suggestion for airlines were given.
    Keywords: Airline industry; Capacity Strategies; Taxonomy; Operations management; K-means test.

  • Operations and marketing alignment to reduce operational risk: How airlines circumvent well-guarded markets
    by Kuangnen Cheng 
    Abstract: Building upon the concepts that 1) efficiency can be achieved by a better integration between operations and marketing functional units; and, 2) the intensity of competition is depicted by the correlation between service frequency and price dispersion, this empirical investigation intends to explain how airlines apply an operations and marketing alignment strategy to achieve a competitive advantage. Using U.S. domestic carrier competition behaviors as an example, the methodology involves applying the Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) to analyze 241,230 observations from panel data of real-life service frequencies and price dispersion from 2014, 2016 and 2017. The findings show that to align internal processes with external events, firms may wish to 1) increase marketing efforts to gain market share or maintain competitiveness in markets shielded by historical rigid endogenous barriers or long-established reputations; 2) reduce operational resources and fall back from entrenched primary markets that are strategically guarded by powerful incumbents; (3) increase integration of operations and marketing to potentially expand into new secondary markets, since fare structures and services are increasingly indistinguishable between strategic groups.
    Keywords: Alignment, entrenched markets, operational efficiency, operational risk, price dispersion.