What makes an airline a Legacy Carrier?
Legacy carriers are often considered the standard of service and amenities.
Also referred to as “full-service carriers”, legacy carriers tend to offer a more complete and higher-end service than lower-cost carriers (LCC’S).
By definition, legacy carriers will be members of airline alliances, operate over an extensive domestic and transoceanic international route structure, offer better cabin service, including meal service and in-flight entertainment, as well as their own airport lounges. Legacy carriers will also offer multiple classes of service (Economy, Business, and a Premium class service), and tend to provide established frequent flyer programs.
Legacy carriers will also use a hub and spoke route network, and will typically have a broad and varied fleet with different types of aircraft. However, legacy carriers are changing their structure and their fleet to adapt to the competition that low-cost carriers brought to the industry.