عنوان انگلیسی مقاله:

Customer complaints about airline service: a preliminary study of Turkish frequent flyers

ترجمه عنوان مقاله: شکایات مشتریان در مورد خدمات خطوط هوایی: مطالعه مقدماتی هواپیماهای ترکیه

رشته: مدیریت بازاریابی

سال انتشار: 2007

تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی: 14 صفحه

منبع: Emerald

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چکیده مقاله

Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to identify common complaints made by Turkish frequent flyers related to their program membership.

Design/methodology/approach: A questionnaire was administered via the internet for the research study reported here. The population consists of 15,000 passengers who are Elite members of the Frequent Flyer Program of Turkish Airlines (THY). For sampling purposes, 2,000 members were randomly selected from the Elite membership in February 2003. Following the survey, 608 usable questionnaires were included in the analysis stage, which represented a response rate of 30.4 per cent.

Findings: In the context of this study of the Elite members of the Miles&Miles program of THY, the common complaints of members fall into five categories. The main concerns are related to the availability of free tickets and upgrades of the flight class, the behaviour of personnel, card ownership issues (e.g. high number of miles needed to retain membership), level and type of priority services offered within the program and the lack of alliances with other airlines.

Research limitations/implications:  The research is limited by the sample – THY is the only airline that provides a frequent flyer program in Turkey. Nevertheless, the findings provide a fresh perspective on the opinions of Turkish frequent flyers about the quality of their particular program.

Originality/value: Although customer complaints have become increasingly common in many industries, research on this aspect of marketing is not extensive. In particular, studies about the specific complaints of frequent flyers concerning their respective program are limited. This paper will
be of interest to executives in Turkey, airline companies with operations in Turkey and researchers interested in international management and marketing practices generally.

Keywords: Turkey, Airlines, Customers, Consumers, Complaints

Paper type: Research paper

 

مقدمه مقاله

Introduction

Many organizations (companies or firms) still regard customer complaints as not only an unpleasant fact of business life but also a waste of time and money in investigating these concerns. Frequently, barriers are placed in front of customers who decide to complain. Moreover, many frontline employees subtly imply to customers that complaining may not be appropriate in the circumstances. According to Tax and Brown (1998), perhaps only 10 per cent of dissatisfied customers actually lodge a formal complaint – and the majority here ‘‘are dissatisfied with the way companies resolve their complaints’’. According to Gruberfirst (2004), many consumers ‘‘have more negative feelings about an organization after they go through the servicerecovery process’’. However, in the quest for progress and advancement, progressive service organizations worldwide place their customers first (Zairi, 2000).

 

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