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Inhaltsangabe:Abstract: This report will demonstrate the importance of Loyalty Management in the competitive environment of the airline industry and will show that a successful approach to Loyalty Management consists of three different, interlinked aspects. These three ¿pillars¿ are Customer Service, Frequent Flyer Programs, and Complaint Management; their interdependence will be analysed in depth, with special attention given to the perceived importance of Frequent Flyer Programs. Findings from a detailed literature review and a survey show that customers do indeed perceive these issues as vital with regards to their loyalty towards a particular airline. It was found that Customer Service can be regarded as the foundation for Loyalty Management; it can help an airline to gain competitive advantage by setting it apart from its competitors. Frequent Flyer Programs, if implemented and run properly, can provide the customer with added value. As such, they compliment Customer Service and can help to increase overall loyalty. Additionally, Complaint Management was found to be gaining importance among airlines. The number of complaints was shown to be rising gradually, stressing the growing significance of efficient Complaint Management and its strong after-effect on customer loyalty. Inhaltsverzeichnis:Table of Contents: 1.INTRODUCTION6 1.1AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE REPORT7 1.2TERMINOLOGY9 1.3BACKGROUND INFORMATION: LOYALTY MANAGEMENT9 1.3.1DEFINITIONS9 1.3.2TRADITIONAL MARKETING AND LOYALTY MANAGEMENT10 1.3.3IMPORTANCE OF LOYALTY MANAGEMENT12 1.4CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AIRLINE MARKET13 1.4.1AIRLINE INDUSTRY ANALYSIS - STEEPLE13 184.108.40.206Social13 220.127.116.11Technological14 18.104.22.168Economical14 22.214.171.124Environmental14 126.96.36.199Political15 188.8.131.52Legal15 184.108.40.206Ethical15 1.4.2CONSOLIDATION IN PRACTICE: BRITISH AIRWAYS16 220.127.116.11British Airways and KLM16 18.104.22.168British Airways and American Airlines18 1.4.3THE CURRENT AIRLINE SITUATION19 2.LITERATURE REVIEW22 2.1CUSTOMER SERVICE22 2.1.1BACKGROUND INFORMATION23 22.214.171.124Singapore Airlines23 2.1.2REVELATION OF DISSATISFACTION24 2.1.3EMPLOYEES25 2.1.4COMMUNICATION25 2.1.5THE CUSTOMER26 126.96.36.199Customer Requirements26 2.1.6SERVICE QUALITY27 188.8.131.52Quality and Retaining Customers28 2.1.7ORIENTATION OF COMPANY29 2.1.8CONCLUSION CUSTOMER SERVICE29 2.2FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAMS31 2.2.1BACKGROUND INFORMATION31 184.108.40.206Statistics Frequent Flyer Programs32 2.2.2CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS [...]