The airline industry is awash in the latest deals, with airlines seeking to secure the biggest possible value for their investors and with airlines vying to win over new customers.
The industry is also seeking to lock in lucrative deals for itself, in an effort to maintain its place as a reliable source of air travel revenue for decades to come.
The key to getting the most value out of an airline deal, the industry says, is to be flexible with the terms of the deal.
There’s no question airlines are getting a lot of value out there, and that’s why the industry is constantly pushing to lock down deals with a low-risk approach.
It’s the same in the airline business, where the airline industry says the same things, including flexible terms of an agreement.
But it’s a different story when it comes to air travel, said Jeff Sussman, senior vice president of business development at the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), which represents airlines and other airline personnel.
In many ways, the airline sector is like the hotel industry, Sussmann said.
The airline sector has been through a period of growth, with the number of people flying in the U.S. reaching record levels in 2015.
That has led to a number of deals, he said.
The airline industry, though, is focused on maintaining its place in the market.
A number of airlines, including Southwest Airlines and Delta, have already signed deals to stay in business for the foreseeable future.
But many airlines have been forced to adjust their business models, Sssman said.
They’ve reduced the number and intensity of flights.
Some airlines have also been forced into strategic restructuring to meet new customer demands.
For example, Southwest, which is the largest airline in the United States, is planning to cut more than 2,000 jobs, including the airline’s corporate headquarters in Houston.
Southwest is also considering shutting down its Houston hub, which handles a large portion of the airline network.
Delta, the largest carrier in the continental United States and the second-largest in the world, is looking to restructure its business to improve profitability.
It will sell some of its aircraft operations and cut thousands of jobs.
And American Airlines, which operates the majority of the world’s routes, has been in negotiations with airlines in Europe and Asia to restock its fleet.
Sussman said some airlines are also seeking deals with their suppliers to lock them in.
“There’s a lot more of a focus on the airline side,” he said, “where they’re trying to find ways to lock into a deal.”
The airlines are pushing for a number in-kind payments that would go toward keeping the planes in the air.
They want to lock it in and make sure it stays in the skies for the long haul, Sassman said, which would include making sure there’s a high-level of service, maintenance and safety standards.
Airline executives say in-flight meals are another key part of their deals.
They want to be sure the passengers are satisfied when they arrive at the airport, and they want to make sure the plane is fully fueled and has enough room for the passengers to fit.
American Airlines recently signed a $15 billion deal with Taco Bell to supply fuel for the Boeing 777-300ER.
With those in-air meals, the airlines hope to lock customers in, Sessman said., they can continue to deliver service to their customers.
Sussmann says the airlines are trying to keep their business model in the best possible shape, while trying to secure a deal with the most attractive potential investors.
If you’re looking for the best deal, you want to look at a deal that’s not going to lock you into a long-term commitment, he added.
Sissman said he’s seeing a trend of airlines looking to lock out potential investors, as the economy continues to recover.
He said the airlines have a lot to prove, but he expects the industry will remain strong through the next few years.