Posted by Barry Silverstein on April 14, 2010 10:15 AM
Republic Airways Holdings acquired both Midwest and Frontier Airlines last year, indicating that it planned to operate the two airlines independently. But consolidation seems to be an inevitability in the airline industry. Republic has announced its decision to merge the two airlines under one brand name. And the winner is... Frontier.
As the Midwest brand takes off on a one-way trip into the horizon, the first thought may be, "Really -- Frontier?"
Admittedly, Frontier has the cooler, more contemporary look to its planes. The word FRONTIER runs across the entire body of each airplane, and the tails carry beautiful full-color images of animals (or "spokesanimals," as Frontier calls them). But it is Midwest that has been rated #1 in overall quality for mid-size U.S. economy service for eight consecutive years in the Zagat Airline Survey. Frontier, on the other hand, filed for bankruptcy in 2008 before it was acquired by Republic in 2009.
So why christen the merged airline with what appears to be the weaker brand? According to Republic Airways Holdings CEO Bryan Bedford, the decision was "an emotional one."Continue reading...
customer relationship management
Posted by Jim Thompson on January 12, 2010 02:30 PM
For decades, DoubleTree Hotels and Midwest Airlines have been baking cookies for their customers, and today the low-cost means of creating differentiation – particularly in down economic times – seems like branding genius.
At branchannel, we’ve always appreciated the more unconventional and avant-garde approaches to what is already a creative and inspiring industry. Sonic branding, for example, is an exciting and emerging field in the branding industry’s future. But the success at DoubleTree Hotels and Midwest Airlines hits on an equally compelling frontier in branding: smell.Continue reading...