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M.Sc. In Air Transport Management Program  › Courses  › Contracting in Air Transportation
Contracting in Air Transportation
Course Instructors

The course instructors include Mr. Andrew Charlton, Mr. Matthew Feargrieve, and Mr. Richard Gimblett. Their bios can be seen in the links below:

Mr. Andrew Charlton
Mr. Matthew Feargrieve
Mr. Richard Gimblett

Course Intent

This course seeks to introduce students to the basics of contract law, and the processes of creating, drafting and negotiating contracts.  There is a particular emphasis on contracts that underpin much of the aviation industry, such as sales agency agreements, ground handling agreements and aircraft financing.  The course also looks at various other aspects contract negotiators and draftspeople have to bear in mind, such as the impact of regulatory restrictions on the ability to draft contracts.  The course includes considerable interaction and hands-on learning.

Course Format

Lecture- and workshop-based course.
6 days of instruction, 36 hours of instruction.
12 modules in total plus significant case study and workshop time

Course Assessment

In Class - Group Presentations: 60% of overall grade
  • Group work around a hypothetical fact situation.  Will include an assessment of fact analysis, drafting and negotiation skills 
Individual Exams: 40% of overall grade
  • Four daily short answer questions combining material from the course
Each component of a student's grade in this course will be assigned as a percentage grade (ranging from 0% to 100%). The final grade for the course will be calculated by multiplying each grade by the weight in the grading system described above.

Course Schedule

Course Schedule can be seen from this link.

Lecture Notes

Lecture Notes  
Module 01 Introduction to Law and Legal Systems
Module 02 Introduction to Contract Law Part I
Module 03 Aviation Passenger Contracts
Module 04 Introduction to Contract Law Part II
Module 05 Airline Contracts
Module 06-1 Aircraft Securitisation
Module 06-2 Introduction to Finance Contracts
Module 07 Introduction to Organizational Structures
Module 08 Particular Types of Contract
Module 09 Introduction to Regulated Contracts
Module 10.1 Introduction to Airline Cooperation and Anti-Trust Issues
Module 10.2 Contractual Issues Arising from Anti-Trust
Moduel 11 Introduction to Contract Negotiation
Module 12 Introduction to Xanadu Airlines

Course Readings

Course Readings   
Day 01 MITA - Reso 780
Day 01 RP 1740 Conditions of Carriage
Day 01 Standard Group Handling Agreement
Day 01 Swissport Ground Handling Agreement
Day 02 Codeshare Polar Air - Qantas
Day 02 Codeshare Swissair - AA
Day 02 IATA Fuel Supply Agreement
Day 02 Resolution 871 from CACRM
Day 02 Shell Fuel Supply Agreement
Day 02 Travel Agent Handbook
Day 06 Antitrust Immunity and International Airline Alliances


Homeworks will be put here during the course.