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Aviation Management (1st semester 20/21)

The world of aviation. The way it was, is and will be in the future. From an airline- (economic- and customer), airport- and business travel perspective.


General goal is to learn and to understand how the industry of aviation works. To understand and advice stakeholders from the industry about their future needs.

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- Recognize the value chain in aviation
- Identify the stakeholders and their interests
- Scenario planning for airlines
- Project management
- E-commerce in aviation


Introduction to Aviation Market:
♦ History of aviation
♦ Players in the market
♦ Primary characteristics of market: types of airlines (scheduled, charter, cargo, overnight express commuter etc. airlines),
♦ Legislative structure
  ♦ Freedoms of the air
  ♦ Bilateral treaties,
  ♦ Regulation – deregulation
  ♦ Liberalization
  ♦ Operating restrictions;
  ♦ Passenger rights
  ♦ Role of the various governments,
  ♦ Effects for consumers
  ♦ Effects for airlines,
♦ Industry structure: manufacturers, airlines, airports, distribution channels (incl. GDS), customers, Air traffic management
♦ Aircraft Market developments and forecasts,
♦ Goals of commercial aviation: continuity and profit generation,
♦ Market segments,
♦ Competition between airlines,
♦ Profit – planet – people,
♦ Safety requirements and airline certification procedures, ♦ Aviation organizations: IATA, ICAO, AEA, RAA, ERAA, ELFAA, Eurocontrol

Aircraft characteristics
♦ Aircraft types: regional, short-haul, medium haul, long haul, narrow body, wide body - large capacity, cargo aircraft, converted aircraft,
♦ Main characteristics: payload - range, capacity, speed,
♦ External factors affecting the operations (weather, noise, slots, congestion,
♦ Aircraft performance: lift, propulsion, field performance
♦ Aircraft design parameters: design weights, design speed, cabin pressure, operating altitudes.

Cost Structures Aircraft operations:
♦ Definitions of operating costs
♦ Fixed versus variable costs,
♦ Capital costs
♦ Ground rules for aircraft cost comparisons

♦ Yearly utilization and its effects on capital costs per flight
♦ Aircraft leasing versus aircraft ownership
♦ Detailed cost components: fuel, crew, maintenance, landing charges, navigation charges, ground handling, depreciation, hull insurance.
♦ Indirect operating costs
♦ Overhead costs

Networks and links.
♦ Hub & spoke versus point-to-point operations
♦ Traditional competition versus modern hub competition
♦ Hub & spoke versus point-to-point operations
♦ Feeder networks
♦ Long haul network

♦ Turn-around times,
♦ Defining schedule slack,
♦ Slot restrictions and slot on-time performance
♦ Effects of delays on schedule adjustments
♦ Effects of time zones and airport characteristics on scheduling (hot & high)

Market Developments
♦ Operating restrictions; freedom degrees of the air, legislation(s), bilateral treaties, consumer rights.
♦ Liberalization and deregulation
♦ Role of the various governments
♦ Competition between airlines
♦ Basic function: making profit for continuity
♦ Traditional competition versus modern hub competition between airline alliances.
♦ Tariff structures
♦ Distribution (role of the Internet)
♦ Types of cabin classes and their main characteristics
♦ Types of tickets
♦ Booking patterns

Structure of the minor

The Runway (Explore the world of aviation) 10ects
High level (In-depth topics) 5 ects
Project 1 and 2 (Real cases from the industry) 10 ects
Airlines and websites (E-commerce in aviation) 5 ects

Teaching method(s)

Lecturers, Guest Lectures, Field Trips, Work Shops and Projects

International context

Literally ‘The World of Aviation’ 


Aviation ‘heart’
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Oral exam, report and project