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The Future of Deregulation

With deregulation and open competition between airlines, the future may resemble some aspects of the past before the big airlines like Trans Canada Airlines and Canadian Pacific came into being. The belief that a big airline is better is not true anymore. The airline that is successful in the new environment must be profitable on each flight. To do this, airlines must fly with few empty seats.

Airlines now must be flexible, providing the right size aircraft for each route, and be able to quickly respond if more or less capacity is needed. Costs have to be kept down with a labour force that is competitively paid. Maintenance cost must be kept to a minimum by having entire fleets that are made up of one or two kinds of aircraft, which will allow the use of the same spare parts and procedures anywhere they are needed.

Airlines have to go to locations where their services are needed and must provide good friendly services. There will be a continuation of no frills service, with new original ways to provide extras. Purchases of meals during flights are possible and cheap forms of entertainment may be added.

It may also become a rule that the new airlines must know when it is time to stop growing. The old assumption that big is better will always be challenged.

There may also be a continuation of the pay-for-services by consumers that would include airport passenger fees and payment for extras in flight.

Those airlines that find a way to be flexible, to provide the right service and appropriately sized aircraft, and to show a profit for every flight will survive, regardless of their size
 

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