Air Arabia Case study

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About Air Arabia LLC.

Air Arabia LLC was established as a fully fledged commercial airline of the United Arab Emirates on 3rd February 2003 by an Ameeri decree issued by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qassimi, the Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE. The Air Arabia fleet consists of two modern A320 aircraft, flying directly to the following destinations: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka and Syria. This year Air Arabia plans to expand its fleet to four Airbus A320 aircraft, flying to more destinations.

In this case study (report) I will go throw the external environment to assess the viability of this operation using the Porter's five-force analysis, as an advice manager for this company I have to use the forces influencing the decisions of the Air Arabia airline to enter the UAE Market with a unique strategy.

Porter's framework, known as the Five-Forces model, focuses on five forces that shape competition within an industry:

* The risk of entry by potential competitors.

* The degree of rivalry among established companies within an industry.

* The bargaining power of buyers.

* The bargaining power of suppliers.

* The threat of substitute products.

1. The risk of entry by potential competitors.

As we know that potential competitors are companies that are not in the market and may enter the UAE market which may have a big impact in the market. On the other hand, companies which are already operating in the market, which they will try not to loss their market share.

As we know that the UAE has stable market, and that was proven after the September 11 attack. Even more UAE market has dramatically growing in the tourism specially due to the festivals held during...