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Blue Ocean Strategy – Air Asia Innovation & Blue Ocean strategy targeted non customers

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Air Asia did not target the traditional customers of Airlines and did not compete with the strong local player Malaysian Airlines but it focused on the multiethnic population of Malaysia that included Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai, etc. who never traveled or cannot afford the airline fare.

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Blue Ocean Strategy – Air Asia Innovation & Blue Ocean strategy targeted non customers

  1. 1. Analysis & Outlook Blue Ocean Strategy – Air Asia Innovation & Blue Ocean strategy targeted non customers Air Asia did not target the traditional customers of Airlines and did not compete with the strong local player Malaysian Airlines but it focused on the multiethnic population of Malaysia that included Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai, etc. who never travelled or cannot afford the airline fare. Basically traditional airlines never focused on these set of customers, Air Asia founder Tony Fernandes saw a potentially untapped and uncontested market space in this category in South East Asia. There were Southwest Airlines in United States and Ryan Air in Europe that operated on similar low cost model that were hugely successful. Tony Fernandes took over a struggling airline and turned it into a highly profitable brand. The customer segment that Air Asia targeted was first time flyers, middle class flyers, students, laborers going home for vacation and other highly price sensitive customers. Air Asia created a value innovation propositions to the customers by focusing on factors that are of great value to the customers such as point-to-point travel system, easy booking system, no frills, destinations where traditional airlines did not fly, etc. which ultimately aided Air Asia to reduce cost and increase the value to the customers. Air Asia is no frills airline that follows a quick turnaround model and offers low fares to customers. Air Asia grew at a fast pace with good profitability and ventured into other businesses like hotels, etc. Branding is also key to Air Asia’s success – along with its low cost operations. Air Asia operated to destinations like Bandung, Angkor Wat, Chiang Mai and other small city destinations where no other airlines flew and it not only transported tourists, first time flyers but also the laborers who go home for vacation for whom time is a very critical factor. Most of the Air Asia customers do not need luxury airport lounges or seats in airplanes, food or attendant services as these flights are short haul most of them for only one hour. By eliminating all these services and through highly efficient online ticket booking system without any agent’s involvement Air Asia is able to offer low fares and more frequent flights to high demand locations lead to huge profitability to the company. The frequency of the flights is achieved by short turnaround time. The Air Asia group's philosophy is to make sure the route is profitable within 12 months. If it's not, it will not operate the route. Every subsidiary airline within Air Asia group tailors its operations according to its own individual needs unlike a traditional network carrier. In an interview to INSEAD Knowledge, Tony Fernandes said “What does the market want? Nine times out of 10, when you go for what the market wants, it’s something that’s different. That’s why invariably everything we’ve done is kind of Blue Ocean, except for Air Asia X (Air Asia’s new long-haul operations) which is completely Blue Ocean. But we weren’t the first to invent low-cost travel, we weren’t the first to invent a low-cost hotel. We’ve taken it to another level, but we’ve been a bit Japanese in taking it, and adapting it, and making it better for our part of the world.” This comment shows that attitude of Tony Fernandes who believes that businesses need to constantly innovate and try to create blue oceans that not only bring value to customers but also profitable to the companies. Air Asia has rewritten the boundaries of aviation industry in the South & South East Asia by creating a new user segment in the industry. Rajesh Prabhakar Analyst Bio @ http://analysiscasestudy.blogspot.com/

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