Air France: The Load Factor Puzzle in Business Class
In late 2016, the marketing head at Air France India needed a strategy to acquire additional business-class customers. Although Air France India had been performing well in the economy-class segment, revenues in the business-class segment remained a challenge. Which customer group should the airline target to acquire more business-class travellers? How should the company increase its brand image for this target customer group? And how should the company reach out to these new customers? The marketing head also needed to decide whether the company should act alone and implement a strategy of direct marketing, pursue a partnership using a co-branding strategy, or utilize a combination of those options. Ratan Kumar is affiliated with Management Development Institute. Kirti Sharma is affiliated with Management Development Institute. Shiv S. Tripathi is affiliated with Management Development Institute.