Published at Tuesday, April 02nd, 2019 - 16:19:19 PM. Type of airline. By Anson Busch.
A complicating factor is that of origin-destination control ( O&D control ). Someone purchasing a ticket from Melbourne to Sydney (as an example) for A$200 is competing with someone else who wants to fly Melbourne to Los Angeles through Sydney on the same flight and who is willing to pay A$1400. Should the airline prefer the $1400 passenger or the $200 passenger plus a possible Sydney-Los Angeles passenger willing to pay $1300? Airlines have to make hundreds of thousands of similar pricing decisions daily.
Increasingly since 1978 US airlines have been reincorporated and spun off by newly created and internally led management companies and thus becoming nothing more than operating units and subsidiaries with limited financially decisive control. Among some of these holding companies and parent companies which are relatively well known are the UAL Corporation along with the AMR Corporation among a long list of airline holding companies sometime recognized worldwide. Less recognized are the private equity firms which often seize managerial financial and board of directors control of distressed airline companies by temporarily investing large sums of capital in air carriers to rescheme an airlines assets into a profitable organization or liquidating an air carrier of their profitable and worthwhile routes and business operations.
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