Fly To The End Of The World: Air New Zealand

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1. Current BackgroundFacing the increasing fierce competition, airlines make efforts to differentiate themselves from each other in order to obtain the maximum of market share. In some cases, Air New Zealand as a successful example has done a decent job with implementing some successful marketing strategies. Certainly, some potential opportunities and problems that company has ignored existing as well.After years of often ferocious competition, Air New Zealand was forced to form an alliance, and then became a full member of the Star Alliance Group in 1999, which for the sake of extending network and offer better service to its customers, thereby obtained the competitive advantages. Additionally, the airline alliance, to some extend, has gradually changed the market environment.Air New Zealand, as part of Star Alliance Group, provides a large number of worldwide destinations for its customers. For serving this large market, marketing managers cannot be satisfied with just planning present activities, because of dynamic markets and consumers' needs, competitors and the environment are continually changing (Quester, P, McGuiggan, R, Perreault, W, McCarthy, E, 2004).Significantly, Air New Zealand paid more attention on customer service as a competitive advantage, and searching further options to enhance it. They did not just improve the existing service but also provided a series of additional services to satisfy customers' needs. Furthermore, the implementation of a new telephone system developed by IBM and the 'RightNow Web eService Centre' in 2001 has played a significant role in the marketing communication. In terms of building a long-term relationship with customers, Air New Zealand introduced the ANZ Airpoint Programme to benefit their customers in order to generate the repeat business.As for the promotion strategy, Air New Zealand through the partnership with New Line Cinema (the filmmakers of the The Lord of the Rings triology) to promote New Zealand as a top destination for holidaymakers with the aim of drawing more worldwide customers that result in a increased need of flights between Auckland and Los Angeles.Obviously, the market environment for Air New Zealand is superior. However, the airline market is volatile and dynamic, and the Virgin Blue's emerging in New Zealand market is significantly threatening Air New Zealand.2. Case IssuesAccording to the case, Air New Zealand actually has implemented some successful strategies. Yet, there also have some unexploited opportunities and underlying problems. The following step will utilize SWOT analysis to identify the case problems and issues.SWOT analysisStrengths- Dominant position in home market- Holding of Ansett- Full member of Star Alliance Group- Good marketing communications strategy- High quality Internet services- Many-faceted service & Exceptional inflight service- Successful partnerships with airlines and companies- Excellent crew scheduling and rostering systemWeaknesses- Weak...

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