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What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 5:44 am

hey fellow a.netters

I am only in 9th grade but I want to know what kind of classes should i take for a good chance to get into airline management of any kind?

I am really looking into going into the airline management field.

anyone who was/is in airline management of any kind can give me some hints on what I kind do to help my chances.

remember that I do have a long way to go before i even have a chance, but like they say "better early then late"

thanks
mike
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 5:54 am

Come here right now and take over SAA, you are better qualified than the current CEO.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 6:13 am

Quoting PAHS200 (Thread starter):
anyone who was/is in airline management of any kind can give me some hints on what I kind do to help my chances.

Well, my dad was an sm for BA engineering, and he worked his way up from the bottom, but now you need a degree, probably a degree like...aeronortical engineering if you want to be in engineering management, but I wouldn't know about the other departments.

Good luck whatever you do  Smile
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 6:40 am

Take management classes. Business management is a good one. Study the industry, and learn time management. Learn how to multi task, and even perhaps take an internship. WN has some great programs, and F9 will offer those from time to time.

Good luck!

BTW- You are in 9th grade? It may seem like a loooong ways away, but time will begin to fly by! Take advantage of your education, and get good grades. I know it sounds like mom/dad talking, but you really are getting yourself ready for a great future. Take it all in, and learn as much as you can. I just hit 30 years old, and I would give my left arm to be back in your age again! ENJOY it while you can, as you will be ready for the real world in no time at all!
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 6:47 am

Quoting PAHS200 (Thread starter):
I am really looking into going into the airline management field.

Good Lord, RUN!!!!  Smile

Unless it's already in your blood, you have time to be rehabilitated. You want to get into a business that has lost more money on balance than it's ever made, one that is hanging by a thread, has little job security?

Egads, get this gent a stiff drink!

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But seriously, I'd recommend doing several things right now:

1) Study, get good grades. yeah, obvious one. But a requisite.
2) Get a B.S. in Business, Finance, something related.
3) Become a total airline geek...learn all you can about this industry, especially its history. You can develop a certain intuition about strategic planning by studying this industry's past.
4) Do an internship/co-op somewhere, even if barely related. Airfield FBO, pump gas, sweep a hangar floor, join volunteer groups, CAP, EAA, etc.
5) Network. Start cultivating a network of associates, friends, colleagues, etc. A lot of people diss ERAU, but that's probably one of its greatest assets--a built-in for networking.

Good luck!
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 6:48 am

It helps to have good family/friend connections as well.
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 6:48 am

Depending what area are you interested in. If you are talking about anything related to the commercial area (Sales, Marketing, Pricing, Revenue Management, Scheduling) you'll be fine with a proper University degree in business. That should be enough to start as an analyst in your early 20's and from there you'll see if you like it.
At today's money you may start around 35K-40K so is still not too bad salary wise to start with (depending where your company may be based)
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 6:55 am

Learn about aviation history. I hate history, but I found aviation history quite interesting. Especially once you started taking a look the government aspects of civil aviation and how it has changed and morphed our industry over the years. Some of the best classes I took for my aviation degree were:
> Government in Aviation (understanding the goverment and its involvement basically)
> Aviation Law
> Aviation History
> Aviation Meteorology
> Air Carrier Flight Operations (the course on how to read, interpret and actually understand the FARs)
> Powerplants
> Aerodynamics
> Aviation Economics

Now, that is just on the aviation side. But you also have to understand business, accounting, ethics, crew resource management, and the like.

Since you are in 9th grade, I would suggest taking a few business electives in high school, and as you get toward junior and senior year you could go and take a college level aviation class (with minimal pre-requisites) on a non-matriculated basis at night or during the summer.

One of the things I learned was that this business is huge and has a lot more positions that what many people think. Don't be afraid to go on facility tours and meet people in the industry, join professional organizations on a student basis (which is normally pretty cheap), and ask questions. One realy great place to go see is the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center in ACY...best tour I ever got. Also, plenty of airlines offer internships that you can look into.

Good luck!
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 9:34 am

thanks for the great advice everyone.
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 9:52 am

1. Get out of high school with an "A" average.
2. Get into Wharton for a BS in Finance.
3. Transfer to Embry-Riddle and get a Master of (Airline) Science Degree.
4. During the summers, get an Intern job at a major airport for 2 years and a major airline for 2 years.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 9:57 am

As soon as you put a tie or skirt on your IQ must drop at least 100 points at most airlines. Start from the bottom. Be a CSR or Ramper. Know the airline from the bottom up. Too many bean counters from MBA factories have no clue how to run an airline. If you've worked on the front lines, then when you do need to make necessary changes (yes, changes do need to be made) you'll have the credibility from the front lines. Then spend a lot of time with customers....frequent flyers and newbies. You need to understand their perspective in order to be successful.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 10:04 am

Define "management," as I see a couple different levels of airline management. There's the high-level, home office, strategic decision-making management and there's local, airport-level, office-right-behind-the-ticket-counter, bring flights in/send flights out, frontline operational level.

Degrees in any/everything can only help your chances for getting a home office kind of management job, but if you want to be where the REAL action is, aspire to becoming a local station manager. From my experience, while a degree of any kind helps, it's not required. Start on the ground floor, get to know exactly HOW the airport works, and move up from there.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 10:18 am

Quoting Vega (Reply 9):
Get out of high school with an "A" average

got to work harder only have low "B" right now, but with only 6 more days of school it might be to late. but now i have some insight I'll needed to work harder.

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 7):
Aviation Meteorology

I do love reading about the weather and studying it. do many airline hire them or do they leave it up to the airport?
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 10:34 am

I have to add, just as general rules that have served me well (which may or may not be applicable to the airline industry):

1) NEVER underestimate the power of networking.
2) Integrity is key, and respect is worth more than money.
3) "Above and Beyond" will do you well
4) ALWAYS remember that anything you do/say/write can come back to haunt you.

Thanks to #1 I got my current job -- one I absolutely love, pays quite well*, and pays me to travel -- thanks to #1 and #2, I have several places that I could go if something were to happen (knock on wood). #3 got me my first job and introductions to some movers and shakers--not to mention good personal friends.

While it may sound cliched, working hard, lending a hand when able, and delivering more than what you promised, and being on time will help to get you everywhere you want to be in life.

Good luck...

Lincoln

*-Especially considering my age and formal education (3 years of college and undiagnosed ADHD don't go well together [it was diagnosed shortly after I accepted my current job])
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 11:06 pm

graduate either from YALE or HARVARD and your family has to be very rich so you can invest fully and take over Airlines as a CEO.

Thats the real reality.

Being an airline manager wont happen till your probably 35 or so on average.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 11:13 pm

Quoting Vega (Reply 9):
1. Get out of high school with an "A" average.
2. Get into Wharton for a BS in Finance.
3. Transfer to Embry-Riddle and get a Master of (Airline) Science Degree.
4. During the summers, get an Intern job at a major airport for 2 years and a major airline for 2 years.

Sounds like something you wish you should have done.

Id look at profiles of current successful carriers excutives and see in their bio: how they came to be in their current position.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 11:20 pm

You must be able to work with a few 1000 employees who think you make too much money.  Smile
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Thu May 25, 2006 11:39 pm

Quoting Slider (Reply 4):
But seriously, I'd recommend doing several things right now:

1) Study, get good grades. yeah, obvious one. But a requisite.
2) Get a B.S. in Business, Finance, something related.
3) Become a total airline geek...learn all you can about this industry, especially its history. You can develop a certain intuition about strategic planning by studying this industry's past.
4) Do an internship/co-op somewhere, even if barely related. Airfield FBO, pump gas, sweep a hangar floor, join volunteer groups, CAP, EAA, etc.
5) Network. Start cultivating a network of associates, friends, colleagues, etc. A lot of people diss ERAU, but that's probably one of its greatest assets--a built-in for networking.

Good luck!

ERAU is a top choice and they have a great online program. SIU (Southern Illinois) is a possibility but they seem to not be very interested in modernizing their aviation programs or offer more online programs to better compete with other schools, one major reason I transferred out.

A one term enlistment in the military is a possibility and would help pay for school, go Navy or Air Force so you don't end up in the Middle east. You can use TA (Tuition Assistance) and use your GI bill in conjunction (Top Up) or after you separate you'll still have extra, 10 years limit from dishcharge, to put towards more school. Hope that helps.

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Quoting Vega (Reply 9):
3. Transfer to Embry-Riddle and get a Master of (Airline) Science Degree.

Isn't that the pilot program?

Embry Riddle designates their business degree as "Proffessional Aeronautics". Same as aviation management.
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 12:05 am

It would help considerably if you learn how to find the CAPS key on your computer keyboard!

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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 12:11 am

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 10):
Be a CSR or Ramper. Know the airline from the bottom up. Too many bean counters from MBA factories have no clue how to run an airline. If you've worked on the front lines, then when you do need to make necessary changes

Agree 110% Too many MBAs sitting in certain airline offices that have NO IDEA what it's like to run an airline. Most of them probably couldn't tell you how many seats are on their airline's 767. The ineptitude of some (not all) of these people that have never worked frontline is very scary, and we are seeing it now more than ever across the industry.

Start out at the bottom to get some operartional knowledge, get an education, and use the combined power of both of those to work your way up.

Good luck!
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 12:16 am

I was in Mgt for 6 years. And frankly, and although I'm normally a positive person, you really just need to be good at politics. Ass kissing.

The airline idustry does not place a value on talent, results, new ideas, like other industries that need these traits to survive. It's more who you work under, and who trusts you to make them look good. Politics. When I left, my first year out I made 30 grand higher than I ever made at the airlines. There is some good Mgt out there but it is more on the consulting side.

My advice would be stay clear of Airline Mgt. It's low paying as well. The only good job these days is pilot.
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 12:24 am

Quoting Malaysia (Reply 14):
graduate either from YALE or HARVARD

Or Penn. Or indeed Oxford or Cambridge if you fancy coming to university in the UK. Oxford offers some great management courses. I did a spin-off of one: Economics and Management.

I hope to do a second degree on the East Coast of your country. One of these days. . .
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 12:45 am

Be aware that There are a lot of CSA and Rampers who do have MBAs and other Masters degrees.... Makes you wonder why they are still a CSA?

Its a little sad sometimes.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 2:31 am

Quoting Visakow (Reply 17):

Embry Riddle designates their business degree as "Proffessional Aeronautics". Same as aviation management.

They call it Aviation Business Administration.

Personally I'm looking at several schools, ERAU included and I've been accepted. But there are many schools to check out, University of North Dakota, Western Michigan University, University of Alaska (Anchorage - UAA and Fairbanks - UAF), SIU and the list goes on and on.

They all have their strengths and weaknesses, however ERAU and UAA are at the top of my list for airline management. No matter what school you go to, it'll be a long and hard journey to hopefully get where you want to go, but I have every faith that you and pretty much everyone on this site with those dreams will deal with that and get where you want to go. Good luck and feel free to message me on A.net if you have any more questions!

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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 2:33 am

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 10):
Start from the bottom. Be a CSR or Ramper. Know the airline from the bottom up. Too many bean counters from MBA factories have no clue how to run an airline. If you've worked on the front lines, then when you do need to make necessary changes (yes, changes do need to be made) you'll have the credibility from the front lines. Then spend a lot of time with customers....frequent flyers and newbies. You need to understand their perspective in order to be successful.



Quoting IH8B6 (Reply 19):
Agree 110% Too many MBAs sitting in certain airline offices that have NO IDEA what it's like to run an airline. Most of them probably couldn't tell you how many seats are on their airline's 767. The ineptitude of some (not all) of these people that have never worked frontline is very scary, and we are seeing it now more than ever across the industry.

Start out at the bottom to get some operartional knowledge, get an education, and use the combined power of both of those to work your way up.

Ditto both of these statements. I've got some friends with MBAs, and they'll be the first to admit this in fact! The worst are the ones who go from undergrad straight to an MBA with no real-life experience. Lot of bulletheads out there who don't know an aileron from their a**hole.

Not that they're all bad- you need smart pointy-headed people in any business, but there has to be effective management to coordinate the various groups. THAT'S where the true value of leading people is found, and there's no magic recipe or secret formula for it.

Quoting Malaysia (Reply 14):
graduate either from YALE or HARVARD and your family has to be very rich so you can invest fully and take over Airlines as a CEO.

Thats the real reality.

Being an airline manager wont happen till your probably 35 or so on average.

Pedigree means different things at different carriers. That's not an accurate statement. There are some airlines that have "pet" universities certainly in terms of where they recruit from and so forth, but it's not a hard and fast rule.

And management starts well before age 35. There are plenty of frontline managers and supervisors alike who get a call up in their mid/late 20s easily. And work up from there.
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 2:51 am




Quoting ArtieFufkin (Reply 20):
The only good job these days is pilot.

Well, with regard to the airlines, that's becoming arguable...particularly here in the US. Good working conditions, job security, and respect are fast becoming the exception, rather than the norm.

If you've got your heart set on management, PAHS200, you might consider some of the fractionals, like Netjets and Bombardier's Flexjet. Additionally, air-taxi "very light jet" operators, such as Dayjet will be starting service soon.




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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 25):
If you've got your heart set on management, PAHS200, you might consider some of the fractionals, like Netjets and Bombardier's Flexjet. Additionally, air-taxi "very light jet" operators, such as Dayjet will be starting service soon.

Good point. Remember that aviation is more than just 121 air carriers! This is a huge industry so take a look what is out there completely!
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 5:46 am

Three things I believe are up most important and have been helping me of recent.

1. Problem solving and creative skills
2. Strategy formulation and implementation
3. Strip away all ignorance and keep learning on your own

Unless you want to start in a area that requires it, don't mess around with additional schooling if you can gain these abilities elsewhere! Afterall, we are in the information age.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 5:57 am

Quoting Slider (Reply 4):
3) Become a total airline geek...learn all you can about this industry, especially its history. You can develop a certain intuition about strategic planning by studying this industry's past.

Get your parents or buy yourself any books on past airlines. Skygods - The Rise and Fall of Pan Am is one I can think of off the top of my head. You can read the opinions on what happened and why it happened and besides being interesting it will help you know what not to do. Keep following a.net and the opinions of various people as to why things have gone right or gone wrong.

Follow an airline or three that you like. I basically follow most of the airlines in oneworld because they interest me. What they choose in business and why is very interesting and you'll learn a lot doing something as simple as that.

Finally, never think anything is too hard. There will be times when you want to chuck it in - never lose sight of the dream. Things take time and if you put in that time and don't lose sight of your goal, you will get what you want.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 6:03 am

Quoting Slider (Reply 24):
Ditto both of these statements. I've got some friends with MBAs, and they'll be the first to admit this in fact! The worst are the ones who go from undergrad straight to an MBA with no real-life experience. Lot of bulletheads out there who don't know an aileron from their a**hole.

I respectfulyl disagree. First of all, no decent MBA program accepts undergrads, you need at least 3-years work experience for a good MBA.

Second of all, airlines pay 20-40% less than an equivalently experienced person in another industry at a corporation of similar size. So -- not only do you need to be prepared to sacrifice your earning potential to work in the industry, but it means that most of airline management really do want to be there! I've worked with VPs at airlines, and they know their retirement and delivery schedules by heart, they know their seat densities, they know their best routes and worst routes, and they laughingly will tell you how awesome that boeing test flight was and how they had a great time sitting in a jumpseat during touch-and-gos...

Quoting ArtieFufkin (Reply 20):
The airline idustry does not place a value on talent, results, new ideas, like other industries that need these traits to survive. It's more who you work under, and who trusts you to make them look good. Politics. When I left, my first year out I made 30 grand higher than I ever made at the airlines. There is some good Mgt out there but it is more on the consulting side.

I've been around many companies, large and small, and if there is one thing that is universal -- it is this. EVERY industry has politics! It is no worse at an airline than anywhere else.

(But, Artie, I do appreciate your acknowledgment of consulting management as being relatively competent)
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 6:10 am

Sorry -- I didn't answer Mike's question.

Mike -- it depends on what kind of management you want. If you want to be "on the ground" management, then heed the advice above about getting a job, any job, and working your way up.

If you want to run an airline (e.g. CEO, CFO, VP Planning, etc. would be your dream), then go to a good college, get a job at an airline if possible when you graduate. Go back and get your MBA at a good school, and then return to an airline afterwards. By then, you'll be a low-level manager, and you can work your way upwards. If you have a passion for the industry and your employer, you'll undoubtabley do well and will advance with time. In this scenario, you don't even have to work at an airline between undergrad and MBA, but getting SOME airline experience would be good, as it'll make you a more attractive recuit later on.

Remember though, you can likely go work somewhere else for more. So you have to be willing to deal with the salary, not to mention live where there is an airline (always my struggle since I don't want to live in Texas...)

Anyways, just my thoughts. I'm about go to back to start MBA this fall. I can't promise that I'll end up at an airline someday (primarily because of location), but you never know!
 
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 6:18 am

Easy

Get a BBA in Accounting (double in Finance if you can), become a CPA, start working for one of the big four accounting firms(Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young, or KPMG). Do that for a few years, get your hands in everything (auditing, projects, financial, fund, etc...) and try to get involved with your companies dealings with the airlines (every airline has an independant auditor, and odds are it's one of those four firms).

Gary Kelly (CEO of Southwest) was a finance guy, who worked for a firm in Dallas who did contract work for WN. After a few years, he jumped ship and lo and behold, 20 years or so later...look where he's at.


That's the way I would do it if I were you, that's the way I should have done it, but I have that pesky love/need to fly, so I leapt head first into the operations side of it. I found out late in my undergraduate career that I have a knack for accounting (took financial accounting and managerial accounting the summer after i graduated from college so I could get a double degree, and got an A+ in each class with my prof telling me I should have taken her class when I was a freshman and that I should be an accountant...alas...).

Anyway, the moral of the story is...do what I just told you.
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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 7:38 am

Quoting Planespotting (Reply 31):
Easy

Is that still possible? I thought in the wake of the accounting scandals (Enron, Worldcom, etc) the separation between the company and the Independent Auditor was being more vigerously enforced.

I fogret where I was looking, but on a few corporate HR websites I have found phrases along the lines of "(Name of company) is unable to employ certain individuals who have been employed by (name of independent auditor) in the previous 5 years"

...but that could be completely unrelated.

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RE: What Does It Take To Be Airline Management

Fri May 26, 2006 7:41 am

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 32):
Is that still possible? I thought in the wake of the accounting scandals (Enron, Worldcom, etc) the separation between the company and the Independent Auditor was being more vigerously enforced.

Sorry, I should have been clearer. What I meant was to first get involved with the airline business through one of the big four, whether it is through independant auditing or whatever other contract services they are offering, and take that knowledge and experience to a different airline that you haven't been involved with like that.

You made a very good point! The key is to make connections. If you impress someone at the right company, a few years down the road they are likely to remember you and if the grace period is over, might be willing to put you into a more senior position.
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