Case Study Summary: Ryanair's Launch Strategy?

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Summary: Ryanair was founded in 1985 by the Ryan family to provide scheduled passenger airline services between Ireland and the UK, as an alternative to the then state monopoly carrier, Aer Lingus. It started out a full service conventional airline, with two classes of seating and leasing three different types of aircraft. However, despite growth in the passenger volumes financial problems were of a growing concern.

A. 1. What is your assessment of Ryanair's launch strategy?

Generally speaking, the launch strategy of Ryanair was not the best one for that moment in time. They began operations between Dublin and London, in a very saturated market, which was already served by two competing and very experienced companies owned by the governments:
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Since Ryanair is looming their highest return-on-capital route, it was expected that, not to lose the passengers volumes, both airlines will start to offer lower fares and greater frequency of flights. It is not likely that BA and AL will try to match the exact prices of Ryanair because they have other factors that would influence their customer base to remain loyal. Also, the majority of their costs are fixed, making it difficult for them to quickly reduce their operating expenses without significant financial losses. Not only will BA and AL have to figure out ways to lower their costs, they will also need to reassess the limitations they have on their tickets. Ryanair is offering tickets without any restrictions, so even if BA and AL came close to their price, the customer may still choose Ryanair if the others do not make policy changes. They offer a variety of classes of service, from first to economy, while Ryanair has less complicated offer - one class on one type of plane. BA and AL were assuming that the deregulation of the airline industry, particularly in the United Kingdom, will allow them to expand their routes and cover more of their significant overhead. Some expected

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