Drivers of Airline loyalty: Evidence from the Business Travelers in China

Ilias Vlachos, Zhibin Lin

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This paper examines the key factors that determine business traveler loyalty toward full-service airlines in China. Based on literature review and panel interview, ten airline attributes under three categories were derived: (a) operational factors: safety, punctuality, and aircraft; (b) competitive factors: frequency of flights, schedule, frequent flyer program, ticket price, and reputation; and (c) attractive factors: in flight food & drinks and in flight staff service. We surveyed 2000 Chinese business travelers on domestic flights, obtaining 462 usable questionnaires. Hierarchical regression analysis reveals that reputation, in-flight service, frequent flyer program, and aircraft have the greatest influence in driving airline loyalty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


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