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Determinants of on-line booking loyalties for the purchasing of airline tickets

The aim of the present study is to understand the impact of e-quality on consumer’s loyalty in the context of the online airplane ticket purchase. For this purpose, quality is divided in two dimensions: functional quality (based on E-S-QUAL model) and hedonic quality. The methodology applied was administered to 617 consumers of online airplane tickets via an airline’s website in 2009. Structural Equation Modeling was applied to study the impact. The results show that the functional and hedonic quality are positive significant for loyalty through perceived value. From a managerial perspective, this paper provides advice for the airline industry in the development of e-commerce to take advantage of the current situation of disintermediation and to achieve the loyalty of customers.

Merce Bernardo

Refereed Journal Articles

Technology and Operations Management