This paper discusses MALEV, the Hungarian airline. During the Cold War, about half of MALEV's business was in the eastern market. These markets disappeared overnight, and the airline had to focus their attention on the western market. Some of their challenges include a very complex mix of aircraft, relatively high maintenance costs, fuel inefficiency, and lack of cargo space. MALEV tried to overcome some of these challenges by searching for an investment partner, and ended up partnering with Alitalia. They have also gone into code sharing partnerships with Delta, TWA, and American Airlines. The author details the history of operations of MALEV. They are very pleased that their eastern markets are starting to return.

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    • Vellenga, D B
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  • Publication Date: 1994


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  • Accession Number: 00727124
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 8
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  • Created Date: Oct 25 1996 12:00AM