Budget airlines' strategy of focusing on direct bookings allows them to grab a larger share of web traffic and gain ground in the direct booking wars.
Price wars like this never, ever end well. And there's little option beyond cutting back services in markets where you have to compete like this.
Unmanaged growth and hyper-competition doesn't always make for the safest experience when you need to take the time to properly train the talent behind the controls.
What better way to pump up your stock than to talk about how foreign airlines are beating down your door to invest but the timing just isn't right. Hmmm.
What's that line about throwing good money after bad?
India has so many aviation challenges that it's hard to support a move which focuses on a practice that's not -- in this case, at least -- proving to harm the industry.
Despite last week's downgrade of India's air travel industry by the U.S. FAA, Indian airlines have not been daunted. The apparent hope is that this will be corrected quickly and everything will go back to normal. Considering the work that needs to be done, we think that's slightly optimistic.
When you turn to outside consultants to create a roadmap for major, company-shifting decisions, you've abdicated your responsibility as a chief executive. But when all your underlings have bailed, you don't have much of a choice.
Airbus is increasingly capturing market share in India among budget airlines; a trend which could be troubling to Boeing and its long-term growth.