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M.Sc. In Air Transport Management Program  › Courses  › Network, Fleet and Schedule Strategic Planning
Network, Fleet and Schedule Strategic Planning
Course Instructors

The course instructors for the Network, Fleet and Schedule Strategic Planning will be Dr. Peter Belobaba, Mr. Michael Wittman from MIT, and Alex Heiter and Bruce Tecklenburg from Boeing Team.
Main modules will be carried out by Dr. Belobaba and Mr. Wittman. Analysis and Case Study sections will be carried out by Mr. Heiter and Mr. Tecklenburg from Boeing Team.

Teaching Level
  • This course is a course in a masters' degree.
  • Students will have a basic knowledge of airline planning processes, fleet planning, route network design and scheduling but with some review to be provided, where necessary.
  • Students should have a basic knowledge of the aviation industry and must have a work experience with an airline company.​
Course Requirements

The graded course elements and the assigned weights are listed below (100 percent total):
  • 30 percent - Three team assignments (during class week)
  • 20 percent - Final Project
  • 50 percent - Final Exam
Course Format
Course Textbook
  • Belobaba, P., Odoni, A., and Barnhart, C., (eds.), The Global Airline Industry, John Wiley & Sons Publishers, 2009
Lecture Notes
  • Main Lecture Notes are given below:
Lecture Notes  
Module 01 - Airline Industry Preview  
Module 02 - Airline Planning Process  
Module 03 - Operating Costs  
Module 04 - Introduction to Fleet Planning  
Module 05 - Evaluation of Alternative Aircraft Types  
Module 06 - Fundamentals of Airline Markets  
Module 07 - Estimation of Demand and Market Share  
Module 08 - Airline Network Structures  
Module 09 - Route Planning and Profit Evaluation  
Module 10 - Modeling Passenger Choice of Flight Options  
Module 11 - Airline Schedule Development  
Module 12 - Fleet Assignment  
Module 13 - Demand Load and Spill Analysis  
Module 14 - Schedule Optimization Extensions  
Module 15 - Network Revenue Management  
Module 16 - From Planning to Operations  
Module 17 - Airline Network Strategies  
Module 18 - Airline Performance and Capacity Strategies  
  • Analysis Part Lecture Notes are given below:
Analysis Lecture Notes  
Module 19 - Global Airline Capacity Analysis  
Module 20 - European Airline Capacity Analysis  
Module 21a - Middle East Capacity Analysis  
Module 21b - Russia/Central Asia Capacity Analysis  
Module 22 - Turkish Passenger Market Analysis  
Module 23 - Case Study Introduction  

Case Study
  • Case Study Lecture Notes are given below:
Case Study  
Case Study - Part 1
Case Study - Part 2
 
  • Case Study Worksheets are given below:
Case Study Worksheets  
Fleet Evaluation Sheet 1
Fleet Evaluation Sheet 2
Fleet Evaluation Sheet 3
 

Reading Materials
  • Additional reading materials are given at the table.
Reading Materials  
Baldanza, B., Measuring Airline Profitability  
Coldstart: Fleet Assignment at Delta Air Lines  

Course Assignments
  • Assignments are due at 10AM the day after they are assigned. No exceptions, no late work will be accepted.
  • The assignments will be emailed to Dr. Belobaba or Mr. Wittman, whose email addresses are given in the assignments.
  • Assignments will be graded using ITU's grading scale.
  • Assignments are given at the tables below.
Assignments  
Assignment 1 Presentation version
Text version
Worksheet
Assignment 2 Presentation version
Text version
Worksheet
Assignment 3 Presentation version
Text version
Worksheet
Spill Table

Final Project
  • Final Project is given below:
Final Project  
Network, Fleet & Schedule Strategic Planning Final Project