Airline hedging falling short of best practices

Turbulence ahead

Turbulence ahead for airline hedging

Over the past two decades, the commercial aviation industry has largely embraced the use of hedging. The vast majority of carriers in North America and Europe, as well as many airlines in emerging markets, see hedging programmes as a crucial tool for managing the volatility of jet fuel prices.

But as hedging has become the status quo, questions have arisen about whether airlines are doing it effectively. Some critics ask whether the transaction costs of using derivatives are worth the benefits

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