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Airline Network Planning Question(s)

Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:19 am

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?
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RE: Airline Network Planning Question(s)

Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:17 am

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!
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RE: Airline Network Planning Question(s)

Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:21 pm

Thanks for the advice Modesto!

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