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International Airlines in the US: Market Research Report

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International Airlines Market Research Report | NAICS 48111a | Jul 2016

Flying high: An uptick in international travelers will boost industry revenue

IBISWorld’s International Airlines market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Improving consumer confidence will increase Americans’ demand for international trips
  • United Airlines and Continental Airlines merged to reduce costs and remain in business
  • An increase in business spending will contribute to industry growth
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The International Airlines industry has taken off over the past five years. The industry returned to growth in 2010 and has grown in each subsequent year as the recovery of the economy encouraged both consumers and businesses to increase demand for air travel services. The industry is expected to experience heightened competition over the following five years. Inbound tourists will continue to represent a crucial and growing source of revenue for the industry due to the increasing number of tourist and business trips to the United States. Much of this increased travel will occur on US international airlines, boosting industry revenue... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The International Airlines industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle. Industry value added (IVA), a measure of an industry's contribution to the overall economy, is forecast to grow at an annualized rate of 1.6% over the 10 years to 2021. In comparison, US GDP is forecast to grow 2.1% rate over the same period of time. Typically, IVA growth lower than that of GDP indicates an industry in the decline stage of its life cycle, however in this case the international airlines industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle.

International air transport services have remained relatively unchanged over the past five years. There is very little scope to expand international services due to strong competition from domestic and foreign airlines. Thi.. ... purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the International Airlines Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the International Airlines Industry are

  • Optimum capacity utilization
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Effective cost controls
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and World price of crude oil in the International Airlines industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the International Airlines Industry?

    The International Airlines industry provides air transportation to passengers and cargo over regular routes and schedules. These services include any flights that either end or originate internationally. Scheduled air passenger carriers, including commuter and helicopter carriers (except scenic and sightseeing), are included in this industry. Furthermore, aairlines that provide scheduled international air transportation of mail on a contract basis are also included in this industry.

    Industry Products
    Passenger transportation, coach classPassenger transportation, first and business classFreight and mail transportation
    Industry Activities
    Scheduled international passenger air transportScheduled international cargo and freight air transport (except air couriers)Scheduled commuter international passenger air transportScheduled charter international passenger air transport

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • World price of crude oil
  • Corporate profit
  • Inbound trips by non-US residents
  • International trips by US residents
  • Current Performance
  • Fuel price trends
  • Consolidation pursuits
  • Profit and wage increase
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue prospects
  • Profit margins increase
  • Participation trickles down
  • Table: International Airlines Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - International Airlines Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Freight Forwarding Brokerages & Agencies
  • Couriers & Local Delivery Services
  • Tourism
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aircraft Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
  • Aircraft, Engine & Parts Manufacturing
  • Airport Operations
  • Gasoline & Petroleum Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • Passenger transportation, coach class
  • Passenger transportation, first and business class
  • Freight and mail transportation
  • Other
  • Chart: International Airlines Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
  • Leisure and business
  • Cargo
  • Major Markets
  • Leisure travelers
  • Business travelers
  • Freight transport markets
  • Student travelers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the International Airlines Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Fuel pressures
  • Running costs
  • Labor
  • Depreciation
  • Other expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs International Airlines
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the International Airlines Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    United Continental Holdings Inc.
    Delta Air Lines Inc.
    American Airlines Group Inc.
  • Table: United Continental Holdings Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Delta Air Lines Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: American Airlines Group Inc. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the International Airlines Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the International Airlines Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • International trips by US residents (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Goods or produce transported, generally for commercial gain.
  • Code-Sharing Agreement
  • An agreement between two airlines to share the same flight; a seat can be purchased on one airline but is actually operated by a cooperating airline under a different flight number or code.
  • Hub-And-Spoke System
  • A system of air transportation in which local airports offer air transportation to a central airport where long-distance flights are available.
  • Load Factor
  • The ratio of the lift on an aircraft to the weight of the aircraft.
  • Mainline Air Travel
  • A commercial passenger plane that flies long distances and carries a large number of persons.
  • Open-Skies Agreement
  • An international agreement under which two or more countries allow unrestricted overflight and landing rights to one another.

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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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