NextGen Long Haul: Remaking Traditional Network Planning
New aircraft technology and evolving passenger preferences have opened the door for low cost long haul operations. What were previously niche city pairs are becoming increasingly mainstream.
As the low cost long haul model moves to prove its viability, several characteristics begin to emerge. These include the model’s hybridisation – and therefore the market profiles of city pairs served.
They also relate, inevitably, to the impact on traditional full service long haul operations and on the very nature of the route network planning structures of the new operators.
- What is the profile of the successful low cost long haul route?
- How do low cost long haul operators establish and develop their hubs?
- How important is finding the right partner to feed traffic at the “other end” of the long haul route?
- What distinguishes low cost long haul operators from their full service peers?
- What are the differences between network planning criteria of independent LCCs compared with LCCs that are part of a larger group operation?
- How do the competitive characteristics of independent LCCs compare with those of full service subsidiaries?
- How are full service airlines competing on long haul routes with the new low cost operators?
- What lessons have been learnt to date about low cost long haul operations?