Students conduct game-theoretic analyses as they examine the situation of Germania Fluggesellschaft MBH at the launch of its first scheduled flight service on the Frankfurt-Berlin route in the fall of 2001. Entry into this market will bring Germania into direct competition with Deutsche Lufthansa AG, which currently holds a monopoly on the route. Students perform strategic analyses from the viewpoints of both competitors, to explore the strategic implications of repeating the same game several times (i.e., explore the difference between games and supergames), to discover the strategic role of reputation in repeated interactions between players, to understand the value of deterrence and evaluate the threat of predatory pricing, and to create a successful business model for entry into a market that is dominated by a large, monopolistic incumbent. See also the B case (UVA-QA-0621).
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