Published at Sunday, March 31st, 2019 - 08:14:36 AM. Type of airline. By Adalbert Otto.
A second financial issue is that of hedging oil and fuel purchases which are usually second only to labor in its relative cost to the company. However with the current high fuel prices it has become the largest cost to an airline. Legacy airlines compared with new entrants have been hit harder by rising fuel prices partly due to the running of older less fuel efficient aircraft. 44 While hedging instruments can be expensive they can easily pay for themselves many times over in periods of increasing fuel costs such as in the 2000–2005 period.
Toward the end of the century a new style of low cost airline emerged offering a no-frills product at a lower price. Southwest Airlines JetBlue AirTran Airways Skybus Airlines and other low-cost carriers began to represent a serious challenge to the so-called legacy airlines as did their low-cost counterparts in many other countries. 41 Their commercial viability represented a serious competitive threat to the legacy carriers. However of these ATA and Skybus have since ceased operations.
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