Antitrust Research in the Airline Industry Research Proposal by Nicky

A research proposal focusing on the deregulation of the airline industry.
# 145242 | 3,272 words | 15 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 30, 2010 in Business (Companies) , Business (Industries) , Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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This paper proposes a research project that analyzes deregulation of the airline industry. The paper explains that deregulation was designed to promote stronger competition and to ensure that there was no violation of antitrust laws, as it allowed the airlines to either enter or depart from any market and to control how they set their prices. The paper points out that this was a significant change for the airline industry, but it also contributed to some of the predatory and discriminatory prices that are being noticed. The paper gives as an example TransWorld Airlines (TWA), which had to file for bankruptcy. The paper concludes that, undoubtedly, there is much more that can be studied where predatory pricing and the airline industry is concerned, but most of it falls under the general hypothesis that appears in the paper's introduction.

Review of Related Literature
Pricing Model
TWA - An Example

From the Paper:

"That bright future began to take shape again in 1998, as the airline had gone through some reorganization and seemed to come out stronger than ever (Nicklaus, 2001). It even ordered 125 new aircraft in 1998, and was very optimistic about how the future was going to turn out, even though the problems of the past had been difficult for many individuals at the company to handle (Siddiqi, 2003). Unfortunately, TWA was once again plagued by financial problems and the company had to file for bankruptcy in 2001, which ended their 75-year history (Nicklaus, 2001). It was a sad day for the airline industry, but not entirely surprising based on all of the problems that TWA had had in the past and how many other airline companies had been forced to be bought out or had been forced to fold up and go away. TWA is by far not the only airline that has had to face these kinds of problems."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morrison, Steven A. and Clifford Winston (1990), The Dynamics of Airline Pricing and Competition, American Economic Review, V80 n3, pp. 389-393.
  • Nicklaus, David. (2001).TWA stock trades furiously after bankruptcy announcement. St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • Nickols, F. (2000). Industry analysis a la Michael Porter. Five Forces Affecting CompetitiveStrategy. Distance Consulting.
  • OECD, (1988). Deregulation and Airline Competition. OECD, Cedex 16, Paris, France
  • Pickrell, D. (1991). The regulation and deregulation of US airlines in K.J. Button (ed), Airline deregulation: international experiences (London: David Fulton).

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