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Everything you need to make the right decisions

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Airlines in the US market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

Mintel has the answers you’re looking for

What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Key Questions Covered

  • How is the US airline sector structured and who are the key players?
  • What is the market share of the main carriers and how has it evolved in recent years?
  • How are security concerns impacting the US airline industry?
  • How are major US airlines ranked for customer service?
  • What is the trend in financial performance of the US airline industry?
  • What role do loyalty schemes play in the US airline industry?
  • Could high-speed rail become more competitive with air travel?

Segmentation

This report offers an overview and update about airlines in the US. The aviation sector in the US can be segmented into at least four different sectors, including:

  • Ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs) like Allegiant, Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines
  • Regional airlines like Alaska Airlines Group, Hawaiian Airlines and SkyWest/ExpressJet
  • Large low-cost carriers (LCCs) like Southwest and JetBlue
  • Large legacy carriers, which generally have extensive international networks, like American, Delta and United

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Jessica Kelly, a leading analyst in the Tourism sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Rising costs are causing US airlines to raise fares, even including the ULCCs [ultra-low-cost carriers] but margins are under pressure. The US aviation sector has encountered minimal competition from high-speed rail so far, but this is set to change in the medium term. The trend towards consolation of the sector is likely to continue. Jessica Kelly
Senior Tourism Analyst

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What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview

        • Spending on travel and tourism
          • Figure 1: Outlook for spending* on travel & tourism in the US, 2017 & 2018-28
        • Tourist arrivals
          • Figure 2: Tourist arrivals in the US (incoming & domestic), 2009-21
        • Foreign vs. domestic
          • Figure 3: Breakdown of domestic & incoming tourist arrivals in the US, 2009-16
        • Air passenger volumes
          • Figure 4: Air passengers in the US, 2007-20
        • Foreign vs. domestic
          • Figure 5: Breakdown of domestic & incoming air passengers in the US, 2007-15
        • North American aviation market performance
          • Figure 6: North American aviation market performance, y-o-y, April 2018 & year-to-date
      • Market Shares of Airlines

          • Figure 7: Trend in the market share of passengers of major US airlines, 2011-15
        • Consolidation has continued
          • Figure 8: Domestic market share of leading US airlines from February 2017 to January 2018
        • Facilitating security checks
          • Loyalty programmes
            • Spending instead of miles travelled
              • Credit cards become more important
                • AAdvantage
                  • Delta, American Express add 1 million new card members
                    • Increased availability of reward seats
                      • Figure 9: Ranking of North American airline frequent-flyer programmes for overall seat availability* for rewards, 2018
                      • Figure 10: Ranking of North American airline frequent-flyer programmes for seat availability on long-haul flights, 2018
                    • All the majors now offer ‘basic economy’
                      • American Airlines
                        • United Airlines
                          • Alaska Airlines
                            • Other airlines
                              • The ULCCs
                                • Allegiant Air
                                  • Frontier Airlines
                                    • Spirit Airlines
                                      • JD Power ratings
                                        • Survey rankings
                                          • Figure 11: Composite ranking of major North American traditional carriers, 2017
                                          • Figure 12: Details of JD power ratings* of the leading North American traditional carriers, 2017
                                        • LCC rankings
                                          • Figure 13: Composite ranking of major North American LCCs, 2017
                                          • Figure 14: Details of JD power ratings* of the leading North American LCCs, 2017
                                      • Major Legacy Carriers

                                          • American Airlines
                                            • Current developments
                                              • American severs ties with two regional airlines
                                                • Fleet
                                                  • Figure 15: American’s mainline fleet as of 31 December 2017
                                                • New aircraft orders
                                                  • Figure 16: Purchase orders for American’s mainline & regional fleet at 31 December 2017
                                                • Delta Air Lines
                                                  • Delta Private Jets
                                                    • Current developments
                                                      • A pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston
                                                        • Fleet
                                                          • Figure 17: Delta’s operating mainline fleet as at 31 December 2018
                                                        • New aircraft orders
                                                          • Figure 18: Delta’s aircraft orders at 31 December 2017
                                                        • United Air Lines Inc.
                                                          • Current developments
                                                            • United is building up domestic service from Newark
                                                              • United introducing new products and increasing capacity
                                                                • Fleet
                                                                  • Figure 19: United’s mainline fleet at 31 December 2017
                                                                • New aircraft orders
                                                                  • Figure 20: United’s aircraft orders at 31 December 2017
                                                              • LCCs

                                                                  • Southwest
                                                                    • Current developments
                                                                      • Fleet
                                                                        • Figure 21: Southwest’s fleet at 31 December 2017
                                                                      • New aircraft orders
                                                                        • Figure 22: Delivery schedule for Southwest’s Boeing aircraft orders, 2018-27, as of 31 December 2017
                                                                      • JetBlue
                                                                        • Current developments
                                                                          • Premium offers
                                                                            • Expanding abroad
                                                                              • Fleet
                                                                                • Figure 23: JetBlue’s fleet at 31 December 2017
                                                                              • New aircraft orders
                                                                                • Figure 24: JetBlue’s future aircraft delivery schedule, 2018-24
                                                                            • ULCCs

                                                                                • Allegiant
                                                                                  • Figure 25: Destinations served by Allegiant, 31 December 2015, 2016 & 2017
                                                                                  • Figure 26: Comparison of the traditional airline business model with that of Allegiant, 2018
                                                                                • Current developments
                                                                                  • Figure 27: Allegiant’s revenue by category, 2015-17
                                                                                • Fleet
                                                                                  • Figure 28: Allegiant’s fleet at 31 December 2017
                                                                                • New aircraft orders
                                                                                  • Frontier
                                                                                    • Current developments
                                                                                      • Fleet
                                                                                        • Figure 29: Frontier’s fleet in May 2018
                                                                                      • New aircraft orders
                                                                                        • Spirit
                                                                                          • Current developments
                                                                                            • Spirit Airlines to offer Wi-Fi
                                                                                              • Fleet
                                                                                                • Figure 30: Spirit’s fleet at 31 December 2017
                                                                                              • New aircraft orders
                                                                                                • Figure 31: Spirit’s aircraft delivery schedule, 2018-21
                                                                                            • Regional Airlines

                                                                                                • Alaska Air Group
                                                                                                    • Figure 32: Alaska Air Group’s sales channels (% of sales), 2013-17
                                                                                                  • Current developments
                                                                                                    • Services added to JFK
                                                                                                      • Fleet
                                                                                                        • Figure 33: Alaska Airlines Group’s fleet at 31 December 2017
                                                                                                      • New aircraft orders
                                                                                                        • Figure 34: Alaska Airlines Group’s fleet development at 31 December 2016- 31 December 2019
                                                                                                      • Hawaiian Airlines
                                                                                                        • Current developments
                                                                                                          • Fleet
                                                                                                            • Figure 35: Hawaiian’s fleet at 31/12/17 & 31/12/18
                                                                                                          • New aircraft orders
                                                                                                            • Figure 36: Hawaiian’s aircraft delivery schedule, as at 31 December 2017, 2018-21
                                                                                                          • SkyWest, Inc.
                                                                                                            • Current developments
                                                                                                              • SkyWest Airlines
                                                                                                                • ExpressJet
                                                                                                                  • Fleet
                                                                                                                    • Figure 37: SkyWest’s fleet by code-share partner at 31 December 2017
                                                                                                                    • Figure 38: ExpressJet’s fleet by code-share partner at 31 December 2017
                                                                                                                • What Next?

                                                                                                                    • Costs and fares to go up but margins squeezed
                                                                                                                      • Figure 39: Jet fuel & crude oil price, May 2011-May 2018
                                                                                                                    • Salaries going up
                                                                                                                      • Airlines have begun to raise fares
                                                                                                                        • Spread of HSR to challenge air travel?
                                                                                                                          • HSR on the West Coast – a long-term project
                                                                                                                            • Consolidation to continue?

                                                                                                                            About the report

                                                                                                                            This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                                                                            • The Consumer

                                                                                                                              What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                            • The Competitors

                                                                                                                              Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                            • The Market

                                                                                                                              Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                                            • The Innovations

                                                                                                                              New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                            • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                              Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                            • The Trends

                                                                                                                              What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

                                                                                                                            Please Note: This is a sample report. All of the figures, graphs, and tables have been redacted.

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