De traditionella flygbolagens överlevnad på den skandinaviska marknaden : en studie om SAS Sverige
The traditional airlines exist on a market that is distinguished by an increasing competition. They are often partly or completely owned by the government and are characterized by slow decision making. Because of their existing structure and old business culture the traditional airlines find it hard to use price as a means of competition. Consequently the traditional airlines need to create loyalty amongst their customers. The purpose of this essay was to analyze and evaluate SAS long-term marketing strategies through a comparative study of the companies’ management, employees and customers. To shed light on the problem a gap analysis has been performed on SAS Swedens management, emloyees and customers. The theoretical part of the study takes into account customer value, organization and loyalty.
The result shows that the gap between SAS management and customers was relatively small due to the management’s knowledge and insight in respect to customer expectations. On the other hand the gap between SAS management and employees was much larger. The internal communication within SAS is today insufficient which can lead to major problems. To create customer loyalty SAS has to concentrate on their internal problems and focus on their employees. In this way the employees will mediate customers expectations so that SAS profile and image will correspond with customers expectations. SAS needs to have a strong business concept and a vision that all employees should try to achieve, which they do not have today. The conclusion is that SAS will find it hard to survive on a long term basis with the conditions and structure they have today.
Suggestions for additional research would be to study other effects made by the incorporation of SAS as well as to study factors that are important for creating good internal communication within the SAS group.
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