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Many larger organizations have already achieved a mature stage in their organizational lifecycles and some are even in decline as their business models fail to keep pace with changes in an increasingly globalized marketplace. One larger organization that continues to grow using its original business model, though, is easyJet, which is already one of the largest low-fare air carriers in Europe and current signs indicate that the company will continue to grow its market in the future. To determine how easyJet has succeeded where others have failed, this paper examines the company's efforts in meeting the challenges with its initial launch, the company's early growth and the lessons learned from these experiences, as well as the acquisitions and mergers that have helped the company achieve its organizational goals. An examination of easyJet's organizational maturation status and how the company has differentiated its services is followed by a summary of the research and important findings in the conclusion.
With the BCG Matric analysis, we can argue that Easy Jet enjoys a viable competitive position because of its actual market growth. However, its prices have been compared with those of rival firms. This has clarified that Easy Jet emphasizes on being a low-cost carrier with no surplus in-flight services. Writers such as Quelch & Deshpande (2004, p. 71) argue that the Boston Consulting Group growth/share matrix has offered an opportunity to establish the market share of Easy Jet and the company's growth rate. In the context of the company's low cost market, it is clear that the market is still are still increasing. In addition, with the current fleet volume of 80 aircrafts, Easy Jet can serve 160 routes across Europe. Industry experts have associated such massive penetration with the rise in numbers of passengers and a relative rise in market share. Consequently, it is clear that the company has become a star. Nevertheless, Easy Jet must expand its market share for it to transform into a source of income after the decline of the market's growth rate. With respect to the company's Boston Consulting Group growth/share matrix analysis, we can claim that the cash flow of Easy Jet from operating activities have declined as well as the annual finances. Nevertheless, the acquiring firm's cash flow statement is the main area of focus (Butler &
In the first part, firstly, we are going to give a general overview on easyJet's assets, then mainly concentrate on its critical capability which formed its core competence. Essentially, historical comparison approach was adopted to evaluate the organization's relative strengths and weakness.
The company mostly focuses on direct selling as a key part of controlling cost. It has the company’s URL painted on both sides of the Jets in its trademark orange. Easy Jet bases its idea on the principle that the determining factor in air transport is price elasticity. Initially, airlines operated on the assumption that the number of passengers grows in line with the economy and cutting of conveyance fees will result to reduced revenue. Easy Jet operates on 125 routes from 39 European airports. Its main airports are Luton, Liverpool, Geneva, and Amsterdam and were operating 72 aircrafts by November 2003 (Easy Jet Airline Company).
EasyJet began in 1995 when Stelios Haji-Ioannou had the idea to create a customer-focused brand that would one day revolutionise the concept of stepping onto an aircraft. EasyJet leased it’d first aircraft in 1996 and two years later in 1998 they started easyjet.com which allowed passengers to book flights online. 2002 was a milestone for EasyJet as they bought low-cost airline Go (originally created by British Airways) to create Europe’s no. 1 air transport network. In 2013 60 million passengers flew with Easyjet and they made it into the FTSE 100. In 2014 Easyjet announced a new deal to buy the new generation A320 neo aircraft which will start in 2017. easyJet Airline. (2016) History. [Online] [28th October 2016]
To gain a competitive advantage, most companies tend to implement a brand strategy. What makes easyJet stand out amongst its competitors is their image of a low-budget airline and no-frills services; this brand strategy is simple but strong. EasyJets’ whole company is recognised by their unique orange logo, this color also forms part of the uniform worn by their staff, which in turn is a strong recognised tool by the consumers.
By reducing turnaround times to 30 minutes and below easyJet can achieve extra rotations on high frequency routes and maximise utilisation of its growing fleet. (See appendix Fig. 5). 'UK budget airline EasyJet PLC could announce a decision on its long-awaited order for 120 new planes by the end of this month, with both Boeing Co and rival Airbus still in the running, the German business daily Handelsblatt reported, citing various sources.,
With its chosen integration business strategy, one of the challenges that JetBlue is facing not being able to create value anymore for the
When it comes to providing low cost there are many different strategies easyJet use which help lower its expenses. These strategies are e.g. using the internet for online booking, which reduces distribution costs, it makes an effort to utilise as many aircrafts as possible and making sure the aircrafts are full as possible and flying as much as possible. Another strategy is ticketless travel which reduces the cost printing and other cost related to it. The organisation also reduces cost by not offering free meal during the flight, applying paperless operations as most of their paper work is done online e.g. filing of paper based customer information does not have to be stored in secure places, using economies of scale to lower expenses e.g. buying aircraft , fuel and food all in bulk. Efficient use of airports making sure enough planes are turning over customers, also if the aircrafts are in the hangers and not in service they are still paying the fee to lease the space from the airport authorities. And another good strategy is having few levels of management where they do not have to pay high salary to highly skilled staff.
The first successful low-cost carrier was Pacific Southwest Airlines in the United States, which pioneered the concept when their first flight took place on May 6, 1949. However, Southwest Airlines that began service in 1971 and has been profitable every year since 1973. With the advent of aviation deregulation, the model spread to Europe as well, the most notable successes being Ireland 's Ryanair, which began low-fares operations in 1991, and easyJet, formed in 1995. Low cost carriers developed in Asia and Oceania from 2000 led by operators such as Malaysia 's AirAsia, and Australia 's Virgin Blue. The low-cost carrier model is applicable worldwide, although deregulated markets are most suited for its rapid spread. In 2006, new low-cost carriers were announced in Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
Table of ContentExecutive Summary1I. Introduction2II. Main Body1. History of British Airways22. Current strategic situation….42.1 Internal analysis42.2 External Analysis52.3 SWOT82.4. Current strategy93. Potential Strategic options124. Recommended strategic direction with rationale164.2 Strategy Evaluation175. Identification of critical success factors186. Performance measurement criteria197. Conclusion218. Bilbliography249. References24Executive SummaryThe main aim of this report is to undertake a review and analysis of British Airways. It is UK's leading airlines both at international and domestic level, with its operations spread over 300 destinations across the world. The report starts with a brief description of the company. Then the
Accordingly, the corporation can capitalize either to buy over any of the existing airways or transfer a section of its fleet to the budget jetliners. In this context, the rear one is preferable to distribute the available resources. Ultimately, it must manipulate and screen the execution of the scheme.