The Target Market of JetBlue and Southwest Airlines

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• Contrast JetBlue and Southwest Airlines in terms of the following two aspects:
1. Compare and explain the impact of key external factors on each company (e.g., economic conditions and the growing consumer interest in leisure travel).
The key external factors like the growth in the economy, disposable income, and fuel prices have negatively affected JetBlue. It was compelled to change its strategy several times and in 2011 had an income of $86 million down from $97 million in 2010. The growing consumer interest in leisure travel has positively affected JetBlue. The success of JetBlue has been attributed to growing consumer interest in leisure travel.
The economic factors like slow economic growth, low disposable income, and fluctuation in the price of oil have been responsible for weak performance of Southwest Airlines. There are no adverse political effects. Southwest Airlines has been positively affected by the increase in consumer interest in leisure travel. The leisure segment is an important segment for low cost airlines. The net income has declined from $459 million in 2010 to $178 million in 2011.
JetBlue Airways has been affected by key external factors. The political factor that has affected JetBlue is the resentment towards union formation. Currently, JetBlue is a non-union company. This helps it keep its fixed costs low. Further, there are positive…

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