nph1988 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 12 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2880 times:
What does airline network planning all entail? Last year I graduated with a double major in Aviation Management and International Business. Does this combination help me get into a network planning position with an airline?
modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2819 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2392 times:
Network planning involves a lot of analyses that include...
- studying consumer travel behavior to understand when and where passengers want to fly
- competitive analysis to determine what other carriers are offering and if your carrier is competitive
- forecasting new routes and destinations based on cost, potential revenue, and demand
- optimizing existing routes by adjusting flight times, frequencies, equipment
- working with airports to improve under-performing routes or start new ones
- adding and removing capacity for holidays and special events
- finding new opportunities for additional flying during down times (red-eyes or Saturday flying)
- categorizing markets as "business" or "leisure" (and sometimes both) to best serve customers
- reducing capacity during lower traffic days (usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays)
Your education seems like a good fit for network planning. Definitely look at the large U.S. airlines as they often have opportunities in route planning (DL, UA, US, AA, B6, WN). Good luck!