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M.Sc. In Air Transport Management Program  › Courses  › Network, Fleet and Schedule Planning (2015-2016)
Network, Fleet and Schedule Planning (2015-2016)
Course Instructors

The course instructors for the Network, Fleet and Schedule Planning will be Dr. Peter Belobaba from MIT, Dr. Michael Wittman from InterVistas, and Alex Heiter and Ali Hajiyev from Boeing. Their bio can be seen below:

Dr. Peter Belobaba
Dr. Michael Wittman
Boeing Team

Course Information

Syllabus for the course can be reached from this link.

Course Intent

Overview of airline planning processes, with a focus on economic issues and their relationship to operations planning models and decision support tools. Examination of industry practice and emerging methods for fleet planning, route network design, scheduling and revenue management, with emphasis on the interactions between the components of airline management and profit objectives in competitive environments.

Course Assessment

3 Team Assignments during the class week: 45% of overall grade
Final Examination: 55% of overall grade

Course Textbook

There is a required textbook for the class given below:
  • Belobaba, P., Odoni, A., and Barnhart, C., (eds.), The Global Airline Industry, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons Publishers, 2016.
Lecture Notes

Lecture Notes  
Module 00 Course Introduction
Module 01 Airline Industry Overview
Module 02 Airline Current Business Environment
Module 03 World & Regional Capacity Analysis
Module 04 Reserved
Module 05 Airline Network Strategies
Module 06 Overview of the Airline Planning Process
Module 07 Introduction to Fleet Planning
Module 08 Evaluation of Alternative Aircraft Types
Module 09 Fleet Evaluation and Financial Analysis
Module 10 Fundamentals of Airline Markets and Demand
Module 11 Estimation of Demand and Market Share
Module 12 Airline Operating Costs
Module 13 Airline Network Structures
Module 14 Route Planning and Profit Evaluation
Module 15 Modelling Passenger Choice of Flight Options
Module 16 Overview of Boeing Planning Tools
Module 17 New Route Forecasting Process
Module 18 Airline Schedule Development Overview
Module 19 Demand, Load and Spill Analysis
Module 20 Fleet Assignment
Module 21 From Planning to Operations
Module 22 Evaluation of Airline Revenue Management
Module 23 Network Revenue Management: O&D Control
Module 24 New Developments in RM Forecasting and Optimization

Course Readings

  Measuring Airline Profitability
  Coldstart: Fleet Assignment at Delta Airlines

Course Assignments

Assignments will be given during the course.

Assignment 1  
  Assignment Description
Assignment Presentation
Excel Sheet

Assignment 2  
  Assignment Description
Assignment Presentation
Excel Sheet

Assignment 3  
  Assignment Description
Assignment Presentation
Excel Sheet
Spill Table

Supplemental Materials

You can see the additional materials at the table.

Supplemental Materials  
  Tornado Comparison