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Optional Services: GDSs Play Catch-up, but Will Airlines Play?
Analysts: Dennis Schaal
Analysis | Published: January 2011
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Publication Summary

Many airlines around the world have adopted optional services as an important new revenue stream. Despite the seeming ubiquity of this product unbundling – from bag fees and premium seats to onboard meals and Wi-Fi – the party has just begun. Barring a major consumer backlash or governmental intervention, this is only the beginning of the optional services push. While bag fees have been the dominant revenue generator, carriers have been experimenting with and introducing all sorts of add-ons, with premium meals, sometimes pre-ordered, likely to be one of the next merchandising menu choices.

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Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

The American (Airlines) Dream

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