Customer reviews are playing a larger role in how airlines make decisions.
Many airlines are replacing smaller planes in their fleets with larger ones, while adding more seats to existing aircraft. In order to keep capacity growth in check in the future, airlines may have to reduce their service in smaller markets.
A large number of U.S. airlines are "upgauging", or increasing the average size of the aircraft they fly. While this has significant cost benefits, airlines may have trouble filling all of the additional seats that will be flying in a few years.
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Hawaiian Holdings and Alaska Airlines have been challenged recently in the West Coast-Hawaii travel market by ultra-low cost carrier Allegiant. However, recent mechanical problems at Allegiant led to delays of as much as 52 hours last weekend! This may convince future customers that paying a little more for their tickets is worthwhile.
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Alaska Air is very profitable and trades at a reasonable valuation. It could also be the next big merger target in the airline industry.