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Thesis Ideas?

Sun Jun 12, 2005 2:30 pm

Hey everyone,

Im doing an aviation management course and have to write me a thesis soon and have absolutely no ideas as to what topic to write on. Basically im interested in airline operations with an eye for route development in the asia pacific area. Unfortunately i need a topic to write on that does not require me to be able to get data from airlines as they are very reluctant to divulge such information. Can anyone give me some suggestions on topics to write about and possible data sources?

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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Sun Jun 12, 2005 3:20 pm

Not quite Asia specific, but here's my idea for getting UA into profitability: dump all domestic routes, and expand the international, since that makes the most money. Then get codeshares with Southwest and all the other LCCs to get the international pax to their final destinations. Also, start a dedicated cargo branch; it sure seems to work for Lufthansa, Cathay, Singapore, etc.
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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Sun Jun 12, 2005 3:56 pm

Quoting Rushed (Thread starter):

Hey mate! How is the course going?

I guess you want to keep the topic as relevant to Asia pacific as you can as its probably going to be easier to get information for it from around here. The thing that springs to mind for me came from this thread:
Australia To Decide On SQ LAX-SYD Next Week (by Laxintl Jun 9 2005 in Civil Aviation)

Basically, I think a good thesis would cover the expansion of air traffic in the asia-pacific region but you could go into the details of the many bilaterals between certain countries regarding their airlines specific operations as well as growth figures of air traffic etc.

IMO, I think that would be a pretty decent topic if you decide on some of the finer detail. There would certainly be information available (I am guess the DOTARS Website would have some information regarding the traffic levels also.

All the best anyway mate. Let us know what you decide on!

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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Sun Jun 12, 2005 4:14 pm

I think you have a lot to choose from. Maybe you can't get data from airlines but you could maybe do interviews and review scheduling. You could gather data yourself on frequency by focusing on routes to smaller international markets and looking through airline schedules past and present.

Maybe the rise of LCCs in SE Asia would be another idea. You have inter-Asia flights which is still on the edge of an explosive growth. You have economic growth in some countries that before were not even viable destinations.

There is such a potential for business expansion. Unlike Europe where you have massive numbers of intra-europe and competition from trains. Unlike the U.S. and Canada where you have a requirement of flight because a lack of options and size. Asia is predominately traveled by plane as train and car are not viable between most nations. You have the Himalayas and lots of water. Not to mention political issues. You can't take a train from Singapore to China easily.

Most flights in Asia are still operated by "legacy" type carriers. There are only a handfull of LCCs. Many cannot get slots or permission to do longer-haul inter-asia routes. You have the opening of China. Maybe flights direct to central china without stopping off in CAN, HKG, PEK, or PVG.

Inter-asia routing threads die quickly on as most people wouldn't give a rats ass. If it goes to LHR or is a nice long thread. However in the world of commercial aviation, it has the most potential.

I live in Nagoya. It is never going to be as big as KIX or NRT. But we will most likely see JL and NH use their 787s here as it is a thin market that demands point-to-point. You might see CO and NW using their 787s here as well. However most flights in and out of NGO are 300 person or smaller planes. They are 767s, A330s, A300s, 757s, A320s, and 737s.

As for data, maybe you want to try and get a hold of older schedules for a few airlines and compare them. Look at the history for the last 10 years. Compare routes, equipment, mergers, and political events. All of these contribute to the success and failure of routes, in my opinion. It is not so much about population, but demand and how to meet that demand and be successful.

Hope it helps. I am a social studies teacher and curriculum developer, business is not my strong point. May have been a little disorganized and maybe even a little confusing but... they are just ideas.
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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Sun Jun 12, 2005 6:42 pm

Here's a neat idea: Compare Northwest and United: Look at old schedules for destinations, frequencies, and equipment: Do a comparative analysis between the two, given the following: NW has been serving Asia and the Pacific Rim for over 50 years, whereas United bought the majorirty their routes from defunct Pan Am a relatively recent 20 years ago. Draw your own conclusions ... Should be fun  Smile
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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:59 pm

Hey everyone thanks heaps for your suggested ideas.. i think that the option of the SYD-LAX route and singapore airlines does have alot of possible outcomes and data.. maybe if i can find some theory to go with it i will have something to write about.. thanks again for your help.. if anyone comes up with other ideas please let me know about them  Smile
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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Mon Jun 13, 2005 2:12 pm

With the emphasis on constantly lowering fares and costs and the effects it has on competition, worker morale, and investor faith, what would it take to finally hit bottom in a market but still make a profit. Is it at all possible in a free market?
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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:00 pm

Quoting Rushed (Thread starter):
Unfortunately i need a topic to write on that does not require me to be able to get data from airlines as they are very reluctant to divulge such information.

Why dont you assk your school where you are studying whther they have such data? THe airlines generally have to give a lot of data to ICAO and the respective aviation authorities like the CAA in UK, and your school may have access to these data which generally (but not always) have to be purchased. But most schooes of any repute usually have access toehse data and will also privide the same to the students , byt you have to ASK first.

Some like that of the UK CAA have a lot of data on their website for free access.
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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Mon Jun 13, 2005 5:25 pm

You could do a global study on network systems... there is alot of information about this topic. And its relatively interesting. You could focus your studies on the two opposing theories of Airbus and Boeing. Where Airbus believe in larger aircraft required to fly between hubs, while Boeing believe the market will continue to fragment into smaller aircraft flying more and more point to point destinations.
What length does your thesis need to be???
I did a similar thesis for my masters degree, but focussed mine on the South Pacific, with Air New Zealand as the main focus point.
If you wish to discuss this further email me... I may have some useful links and information for you.

Good references for such a topic are Rigas Doganis, Alexander Wells and John Wensveen.
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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Mon Jun 13, 2005 5:59 pm

Well, I just finished off my thesis. Since I'm completely blacked out right now (time for some holiday!!), I hope the other guys gave you some usable suggestions. I might come up with something later maybe...
Until a couple of weeks before I finished writing, I updated my website with a new PDF of what I did. Just to keep some friends informed. How about you? Would be interesting to know how you're progressing!


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RE: Thesis Ideas?

Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:08 pm

How about:

Impact of airport costs on route development capabilities.
Impact of sector length on route develpment in the low cost market

Impact of larger regional aircraft (Embraer 190/195) on the abiloty to bypass major hubs.
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