The Impact of Globalization on Qantas Airlines Marketing Strategy

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Globalisation is having a significant impact on marketing. This is because a business, by distributing itself across international borders makes its product more readily available to international customers and creates employment opportunities in the country it has moved to. To understand the impacts, globalisation, marketing (particularly market segmentation), global marketing strategies and general history of Qantas need to be examined.

Qantas is the oldest airline in the English speaking world. It was founded by the three aviation pioneers Hudson Fysh, Paul McGinness and Fergus McMaster as the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service in 1920 and has grown from one aircraft which offered air taxi services and joyrides to a
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Qantas’ situational analysis (SWOT) is the first step in the marketing process whereby the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the airline are identified. The airline’s strengths include: Being part of the Oneworld alliance, having a high safety record, being a globally recognised airline through the use of branding and the flying kangaroo logo, purchasing the latest aircraft thus updating technology and staying level with international competitors and the final strong success of Qantas has come by operating out of some of the world’s major air travel hubs such as Los Angeles International Airport, London’s Heathrow Airport, Singapore’s Changi Airport and Sydney Kingsford Smith International providing an excellent range of customers.

Qantas’ main weaknesses come from the high risk nature of airlines (possibility of crashes and large scale incidents), the complexity of the aircraft they buy which could lead to costs of re-training pilots to fly that particular aircraft and may lead to higher labour and the recent string of incidents have undoubtedly hindered Qantas’ image. One of the most recent incidents occurred while a reasonably new Qantas A380 was flying from Singapore to Sydney when it experienced engine and hydraulic problems forcing it to hastily turn back and make an emergency landing in Singapore. This

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