Competitive Advantage in the Us Airline Industry

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Competitive Advantage in the US Airline Industry The GREENair Strategy Executive MBA in Business & IT Class of 2014 Module 4 - Strategy & Organization - Assignment Author: Luís Faria Reviewer: Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe Competitive Advantage in the US Airline Industry The GREENair Strategy Subject Page Module 4 - Strategy & Organization - Assignment 2/17 Abstract The US airline industry experienced many years of difficult and had consistently failed to earn returns that covered its cost of capital. Several changes such as regulation, deregulation and consolidation have affected the structure of the industry. The new conditions of competition led to changes on the strategy of airlines as they struggle for a competitive advantage. This document describes the current situation of the US airline industry and shape the strategic position of a medium-sized airline in the US market. Table of Content Abstract ..................................................................................................................................... 2 1 Introduction........................................................................................................................ 3 2 The US Airline Industry ................................................................................................... 4 2.1 Industry competitors ................................................................................................ 4 2.1.1 Major legacy carriers (United, American , Delta, US Airways) .................. 4 2.1.2 Low cost carriers (Southwest) ......................................................................... 4 2.2 Competitor analysis ................................................................................................. 5 2.2.1 Rivalry between

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