Low cost carrier - sources of information

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LCC In Depth Reports

Twenty in-depth reports on the low-cost carrier industry (LCCs) and ultra-low-cost carrier industry (ULCCs) have been provided in the attached spreadsheet, along with the name of the source responsible for each report, the title of each report, a URL, and a brief description of the topic identified. Below you will find a discussion of our methodology for selecting these reports.


In order to identify in-depth reports on the low-cost carrier industry (LCCs) and ultra-low-cost carrier industry (ULCCs), my colleagues and I primarily researched publications by reputable consulting firms, industry insiders, and statistical databases. We utilized a global framework for this project. The reports identified evaluate the industry from a variety of perspectives, including global trends, trends in the United States carrier industry, and trends among European LCCs and ULCCs. We included a number of reports that specifically address low-cost carriers of interest to you, such as Azul Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Allegiant Air. As requested, a variety of reports were included; some are publicly available, while others are provided as paid content only. While "2017 Commercial Aviation Trends" provides a general overview of commercial carriers in the United States, the report also provides detailed information on the low-cost and ultra-low-cost market segments, so this report was selected for inclusion. Similarly, while "Ultra Low-Cost Carriers Take Off" contains data for overall air transport services in the United States, this report was included because it provides detailed information about LCCs and ULCCs, specifically. Finally, in order to keep this project within the scope of a Wonder request, we have identified a total of 20 in-depth reports. The source of each report, title, URL, and brief description of topics discussed is detailed in the attached spreadsheet.


Twenty in-depth reports on the low-cost carrier industry (LCCs) and ultra-low-cost carrier industry (ULCCs) have been provided in the attached spreadsheet.
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LCC Information Sources

A collection of 20 aviation industry sources that include information about LCCs (low-cost carrier airlines), or that may be of interest to LCC management is detailed below and on the spreadsheet you provided. This collection includes six industry publications and/or journals, six trade associations/ organizations/groups, five conferences/events/ summits, and three additional sources.
Please note that, where available, the links I’ve provided for the sources are specific to a search of “LCCs” or “low cost carriers” within those specific sites. That way, clicking the links will take you directly to the information that site has about LCCs, hopefully saving you some time. This does not apply to all links, only to those for which this type of specificity made sense. Also note that we focused on US-based findings, though many of these listed also serve the global community. If you’re interested in some global aviation events, AVBuyer provides this list to get you started.

Next, we’ll look at the findings, which are outlined below and on Tab 2 of your spreadsheet. To provide you with the clearest portrayal of each source, description information was most-often taken directly from the organizations’ “about us” website pieces.


• AIRLINE WEEKLY: This subscriber-supported publication is provided weekly to individuals wishing to learn about “who’s flying where, new marketing approaches, fleet, finance, and key airline and airport data,” as well as industry insights found in no other publications.
FLYING MAGAZINE: This online publication features information, articles, editorials, industry news, videos, and reports on aircraft, avionics, flying gear, training, and pilot proficiency, among other topics.
• AVIATION TODAY / AVIONICS: This long-time industry publication offers insights, news, trends, and market analysis on technologies for the global aircraft electronics market. They provide information on “global aviation technology intelligence, including connected aircraft, NextGen, avionics, innovation, and global air traffic management”.
• AIRWAYS: This 20-years-running publication “features the latest news about operators, aircraft, technology, manufacturers, airports and destinations,” and is a choice read for “pilots, airline workers, and aviation enthusiasts alike”.
• JOURNAL OF AIR TRANSPORTATION: This industry journal “is devoted to the dissemination of original archival papers describing new developments in air traffic management and aviation operations of all flight vehicles, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and space vehicles, operating in the global airspace system. The scope of the journal includes theory, applications, technologies, operations, economics, and policy”.
• JOURNAL OF AIRCRAFT: This industry journal “is devoted to the advancement of the applied science and technology of airborne flight through the dissemination of original archival papers describing significant advances in aircraft, the operation of aircraft, and applications of aircraft technology to other fields”.


• AOPA (AIRCRAFT OWNERS AND PILOTS ASSOCIATION): This trade organization represents pilots in 75 countries around the world, making it “the largest aviation community in the world”. The organization requires paid membership.
• AIR TRANSPORT RESEARCH SOCIETY: This organization was “launched as a special interest group of the World Conference on Transport Research Society” in 1995, and works toward encouraging international collaboration and research on aviation issues.
• NATIONAL BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION: The NBAA is the “leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive, and successful”. Business Aviation Insider is the member magazine for this association.
• NATIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION: According to their website, this organization “represents the interests of the general aviation business community before Congress and federal, state and local government agencies. NATA’s nearly 2,300 member companies provide a broad range of aeronautical services to the aviation community, including: aircraft sales and acquisitions, fuel, aircraft ground support, passenger and crew services, aircraft parking and storage, on-demand air charter, aircraft rental, flight training, aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities, parts sales, and business aircraft and fractional ownership fleet management”.
• AIRLINERS: This newsgroup features a moderated discussion “on airliner technology: the design, construction, performance, human factors, operation, and histories of transport-category aircraft”. It also features a huge listing of resources for the aviation industry, and several databases full of relevant information.
• FLIGHT SAFETY FOUNDATION: This organization’s purpose “is to provide impartial, independent, expert safety guidance and resources for the aviation and aerospace industry”. It was founded in 1947 and has a membership that “includes more than 1000 organizations and individuals in 150 countries”.


• SPEED NEWS CONFERENCES: Their website notes that they are “the world’s most prominent developer of aerospace and aviation information-sharing events, providing global aerospace and aviation leaders, executives, and decision-makers with targeted industry information, data, updates, forecasts, and professional networking opportunities”. A complete listing of their 2018 – 2019 conferences can be found here.
• THE GLOBAL CONNECTED AIRCRAFT SUMMIT: This annual event “brings together the world’s largest airlines and companies from all across the aerospace and avionics industries to assess market lessons, potential demand, and best practices in global connected solutions for the passenger, airline efficiency, and cutting edge services”.
• NBAA BUSINESS AVIATION CONVENTION & EXHIBITION: This annual conference is “ranked as the third largest trade show in the United States,” bringing together over 25,000 industry professionals, including aircraft owners, manufacturers, and customers.
• NATA AVIATION BUSINESS CONFERENCE (& ANNUAL MEETING): This conference “provides important advice, access and information to aviation businesses,” including information on major agencies and legislation affecting the industry.
• FSF 62ND ANNUAL BUSINESS AVIATION SAFETY SUMMIT: This annual event is “a forum for the industry to meet in a collaborative environment to identify safety concerns, devise approaches to reduce risk and implement initiatives to improve safety”. Their site notes that, event “content covers safety, training, practical solutions, management, human factors and other issues for every segment of the business aviation industry. Programming is complemented by an exhibit marketplace showcasing aviation safety related products and services.”


The sources found in this section either fit neatly into none of the afore-mentioned categories, or cross categories for a multi-channel approach.
• AVIATION WEEK NETWORK: According to their website, “From award-winning publications to online analytical services, the Aviation Week Network provides intelligence that informs and enables the global aviation, aerospace and defense industry and provides professionals with a strategic business advantage”.
• AIN ONLINE: This award-winning organization hosts Aviation International News (monthly trade publication), AINalerts (a four-times-weekly newsletter), AINonline (leading websites for global aviation information), and AIN’s Airshow News & Convention News, with the last being the avenue in which you’ll be least interested.
• MIT INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR AIR TRANSPORTATION: This organization’s mission is to “improve the safety, efficiency and capacity of domestic and international air transportation and its infrastructure, utilizing information technology and human centered systems analysis”. Their research focuses on the following areas: “air traffic management, air transportation infrastructure and economics, aviation safety and weather, airline management and operations, human factors, flight instrumentation, [and] environmental impact of aviation”.


There is a wide selection of aviation industry publications, journals, organizations, and events that feature or might include information relevant to low-cost carrier airline management, including those highlighted on the spreadsheet.


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