Summary of The Economics of Airline Class

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Do you fly first-class or squeeze into coach? Until the 1950s, you had only one choice. Wendover Productions explains the evolution of airfares using engaging illustrations that blend simple math with historical context. getAbstract recommends this fascinating case study to anyone interested in travel, pricing or the history of business.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How airlines tier their offerings to attract a broad clientele,
  • How current airfares evolved and
  • What factors influence ticket prices.

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Wendover Productions publishes short educational videos that aim to explain how the world works.



Premium, not economy, passengers are airlines’ most lucrative patrons. Consider a round trip aboard a British Airways Boeing 777 from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles. Of the 224 seats on board, 122 economy tickets sell for $876 each...

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