Checking date: 11/07/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Air transport
Master in Aeronautical Engineering / Máster Universitario en Ingeniería Aeronáutica (Plan: 328 - Estudio: 296)

Coordinating teacher: CEREZO MAGAÑA, MARIA

Department assigned to the subject: Aerospace Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Air Navigation Systems Airports
The course is dedicated to the study of airline economics, focusing on the most relevant economic analyses (profits vs. costs) and the different strategies to be implemented to optimize the results of the different demands, i.e. the correct allocation of the fleet to cover the different destinations as well as the path to minimize fuel consumption. By successfully completing this course, the student should be able to: 1) Understand the social, economical and legal framework that applies to air transport. 2) Understand the roles of different actors, in particular airlines and manufacturers. 3) Understand airlines' operations, including aircraft operational performances 4) Understand how optimization algorithms can be applied to improve airlines' operations
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Block I: Social, economical and legal framework Defintion Air transport Legislation (national and supranational organisms) Air transport demand and markets Certification Issues Environmental impact Maintenance Aviation safety and security Block II: Manufacturers and Airlines Aircraft types and characteristics The main aircraft manufacturers Aircraft manufacturing cost The Airlines Airlines operational cost Block III: Airline flight Operations - Airline fleet planning - Airline Schedule development - Route planning - Aircraft operational perfomances Block IV: Optimization in air transport - Airline schedule optimization: fleet assignment, schedule design, crew, maintenance. - Flight plan optimization: optimal control and trajectory optimization
Learning activities and methodology
TEACHING ACTIVITES AF1 - Theoretical sessions AF2 - Practical sessions (exercises) AF3 - Labs in computer room AF5 - Individual work by the student AF7 - Group work TEACHING METHODOLOGY MD1 - Class exposition with the aid of computers and audiovisuals, and on the blackboard. Development of concepts and analysis of the bibliographic material MD2 - Critical lecture of different material: technical reports, papers, manuals. MD3 - Resolution of exercises posed by the Professor. MD4 - Presentation and discussion in class, under teacher moderation issues related to the content of the material and case studies based on real projects. MD5 - Elaboration of reports and oral communications by the student
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Peter Belobaba, Amadeo Odoni and Cynthia Barnhart. The Global Airline Industry. Wiley. 2009
Additional Bibliography
  • Dr George Williams,Dr J Frankie O'Connell. Air Transport in the 21st Century: Key Strategic Developments. ashgate. 2011
  • John G. Wensveen. Air Transportation: A Management Perspective. Ashgate. 2015 (8th edition)
  • Doganis. Flying Off Course: The Economics of International Airlines. Routledge. 2013
  • Dr Thomas Tacker,Mr Ken Fleming,Dr Bijan Vasigh. Introduction to Air Transport Economics: From Theory to Applications. Ashgate. 2013
  • Luis Utrilla. Descubrir el transporte aéreo - 2ª Edición. AENA. 2003
  • The Airline Business. Rigas Doganis. Routledge. 2005

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.