Aviado Partners contributes to New York Times article "Air France, After Strike, Faces New Uncertainty"
29 September 2014, Eschborn, Germany
Aviado-Partners Consulting GmbH, a leading international transport-sector consulting firm and a regular contributor to the New York Times comments on the challenges facing the Air France-KLM Group.
The article titled "Air France, After Strike, Faces New Uncertainty" reviews the specific discussions between Air France and it's pilot unions on the way forward or Air France and That Transavia to compete with no frills carriers.
Aviado Partners' Managing Partner Shakeel Adam is quoted in this feature article discussing the importance for full service carriers to focusing on business and first-class passengers who are less sensitive to ticket prices.
Excerpts from the New York Times' article
“There was little, if any, threat to Air France pilot employment from the expansion of bases outside France,” said Shakeel Adam, a managing partner of Aviado Partners, a consulting firm in Frankfurt that specializes in airline restructuring. “So far, Transavia is a platform used to connect markets otherwise not flown by Air France, or to fly complementary off-peak services for the price-sensitive market.”
“When full-service airlines replace services with low-cost carriers just to get to lower cost bases, it does not always work,” said Mr. Adam of Aviado. Many airlines end up adding back frills like free baggage allowances to win back passengers, he said. “So costs don’t drop as much as planned and revenues fall much further than imagined.”
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