Checking date: 11/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Air transport
Study: Master in Aeronautical Engineering (296)

Coordinating teacher: MORENO SOTO, ALVARO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Air Navigation Systems Airports
Skills Acquire knowledge to create the foundations for future originality in the development and application of ideas, often in a research and innovation context. Learn how to apply knowledge and the capacity to solve problems in new, multidisciplinary environments related with the area of study. Acquire capacity to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of judging given information that is incomplete and might include subjective reflexions on social responsibility and ethics. Acquire capacity to communicate extracted conclusions, supporting them in a clear and unambiguous manner. Acquire abilities to further continue studying the topics in a self-guided and autonomous way. Acquire the capacity to technically manage research, development and innovation projects both in companies and centers of research in aerospace. Acquire the capacity to integrate complex aerospace systems and work within multidisciplinary work teams. Acquire the capacity to analyze and establish correction measures for environmental impact of the developed technical solutions. Acquire the capacity for the analysis and resolutions of aerospace problems in new environments. Acquire knowledge and comprehension on the legislation that applies in the field of air transport. Apply knowledge acquired on Air Navigation (including routes; communication, navigation, and surveillance systems; regulations) and airports to understand air transport. Aquire knowledge about the exploitation of air transport (economical and social perspective) Comprehension of the different international organization, markets and modes of transport LEARNING OUTCOMES 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 Theoretical sessions Practical sessions (exercises) Labs in computer room Individual work by the student Group work TEACHING METHODOLOGY Class exposition with the aid of computers and audiovisuals, and on the blackboard. Development of concepts and analysis of the bibliographic material Critical lecture of different material: technical reports, papers, manuals. Resolution of exercises posed by the Professor. 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.