Japan Airlines Corp Chairman Kazuo Inamori stated that the establishment of an LCC subsidiary is "like a double-edged sword" stating that while an LCC can become a weapon against competitors, there is also a high possibility of the airline hurting itself (Kyodo/Mainichi Japan, 20-Jan-2011). Instead, the airline aims to offer quality services to avoid price competition. "We will treat premium customers with premium prices. The only way for us to survive is offering better services than other airlines that would satisfy customers," Mr Inamori said.
Japan Airlines chairman sees LCC as a 'double-edged sword'
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CAPA LCCs in North Asia Summit: Osaka, 13/14-Jun-2017 to be hosted by Kansai Airports
OSAKA, 22 September 2016 – CAPA - Centre for Aviation is pleased to announce that Osaka will be the host city for the annual CAPA LCCs in North Asia Summit on 13-14 June 2017.
The Summit, to be hosted by Kansai Airports, is one of the largest LCC gatherings in the region, attracting LCC CEOs from across Asia.
“Kansai International Airport as the gateway to Kansai region welcomes the CAPA LCCs in North Asia Summit in Osaka. We are extremely proud that this Summit will be hosted by Kansai Airports with the opportunity to introduce the attractiveness of the Kansai Region. For several years the LCC market has been on strong growth at KIX, where we have the number one LCC network among Japanese airports. We are really delighted to host this event in 2017 since our LCC Terminal extension will be completed by the first quarter next year”, said Yoshiyuki Yamaya, Representative Director and CEO, Kansai Airports, and Emmanuel Menanteau, Representative Director and Co-CEO, Kansai Airports.
LOT Polish Airlines: now restructured, and long haul focus is on 2020 growth. Partnerships critical
On 8-Sep-2016 LOT Polish Airlines announced its "2020 profitable growth strategy". This involves a goal to achieve "sustainable viability", after a restructuring programme which returned LOT to operating profit in 2014 after six loss-making years. Its privatisation may even be back on the agenda.
LOT currently ranks behind LCCs Ryanair and Wizz Air by share of traffic in Poland, which offers superior traffic growth potential versus Europe as a whole. The airline aims to increase passenger numbers from 4.3 million in 2015 to 10 million in 2020, growing its fleet from 43 to 70 aircraft. LOT's expansion will focus on long haul, particularly North America and Asia, where it currently has only five routes and where competition is considerably lower than on short/medium haul. Initial plans include the launch of Warsaw-Seoul this winter and a return to Warsaw-New York Newark next summer.
According to data from LOT, its restructuring has left it with a fairly efficient cost base by legacy airline standards and this will be important in competing with LCCs (but there is still a cost gap with LCCs). LOT's growth will focus on long haul but will need short-haul European feed – and partnerships. Although LOT no longer appears to be considering leaving the Star Alliance, it remains excluded from American and Asian JVs. Further, those JVs preclude members from working with LOT. Partnership growth will be as critical as it will be challenging.