Airlines Analyze Summer Capacity

Airlines Analyze Summer Capacity

March 7, 2021

European airlines must soon make critical decisions about summer flight schedules, but with the pandemic still raging and a slower-than-expected vaccine rollout schedules are being made and scrapped at a dizzying pace.

Consumers, unsure of what the future holds, now favor last-minute bookings, making it difficult for airlines to forecast or identify patterns to help them plan summer schedules.


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This post is based on the WTVB article, Airlines flying blind into summer capacity sweepstake, by Laurence Frost and Sarah Young, February 2, 2021, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Fly View Productions/E+/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1.  How serious a mismatch was there last summer between forecasted and actual demand, and how did this affect final scheduling?

Guidance: Airlines planned summer flight availability in early spring of 2020.  As the first lockdowns started, plans drastically changed.  Of the 755 million seats originally scheduled for flights in Western Europe last summer, some 72 percent were cut.

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Repurposing Unused Capacity for Vaccination Sites

Repurposing Unused Capacity for Vaccination Sites

February 17, 2021

Mall retail store vacancies are at historic highs of 10.5%.  Meanwhile, vaccination sites require significant parking spaces near major transportation routes, with room for a large number of vaccinated patients to wait the required 15 minutes after treatment while under observation for allergic reactions.  Colder weather makes indoor facilities ideal for this 15-minute waiting period.

Empty mall space is an ideal solution for local health departments to utilize for vaccine administration.  As such, mall owners across the country have been partnering with local health departments.


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This post is based on the CNN article, Vaccination megasites pop up in empty malls, by Parija Kavilanz, January 15, 2021, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Francis Zera/Spaces Images/Blend Images LLC

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1.  Choose a local mall that students might be familiar (or draw a typical mall layout on the Continue reading

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Planning Capacity for Singapore’s Cruises to Nowhere

Planning Capacity for Singapore’s Cruises to Nowhere

February 11, 2021

Royal Caribbean tests the waters with “Cruises to Nowhere” from Singapore’s Marina Bay Harbor, hoping to give pandemic-weary, travel-starved customers an escape onboard.

Trips range in duration from two to four nights, making no stops in any ports of call. The cost of a three-night ticket begins at $374 per person.

Capacity is strictly limited, many safety and cleaning protocols are in place, and COVID testing is required before passengers set foot onboard.

Demand was higher than expected when the ship departed in December 2020. A false positive COVID test result derailed one cruise, but after this false start, the Quantum of the Seas has continued plying the waters.


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This post is based on the Straits Times article, Cruises to nowhere: Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is 2nd ship to sail from S’pore, by Cheryl Teh, December 4, 2020; the CNN article, Passenger aboard cruise cut short by Covid scare doesn’t have virus, officials say, by Lilit Marcus, December 10, 2020; the Cruise Industry News article, Royal Caribbean Continue reading

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