Emerging Tendencies in the European Airline Industry: an investigation of SAS and Ryanair -
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesis
Background: The airline industry is unique and fascinating. It was protected through government controls until the early 1980s. However, due to deregulation policy the industry opened to free competition. As a result, collaborations and alliances were formed and low budget airlines were able to enter the market.
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to present the current stage of the European airline industry by investigating the strategies of Ryanair and SAS with the help of strategic management tools.
Procedure: Two companies were chosen, Ryanair as a low budget airline and SAS as a mature airline. The investigation was based on secondary data found in financial -, annual -, business - and company reports as well as in independent analyst reports and on the Internet.
Results: Ryanair’s and SAS’ strategies differ a lot. While Ryanair is focusing on lowest costs it is able to offer low fare tickets but also puts effort into increasing service. On the other hand, SAS’ complicated situation in the weak industry leads to many strategic adjustments. Its diverse choice of prices and services underlines its current instability. Concerning the European airline industry, moves toward consolidation are observable. The industry is reshaped
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2003. , 138 p.
International Master's Programme in Strategy and Culture, 2003:2
Social sciences, Strategy, Airline Industry, low budget airlines, SAS Airline, Ryanair
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-1523OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-1523DiVA: diva2:18847