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Air Transport Management

The Air industry has faced some major challenges since the pandemic, struggling to meet the needs of the re-bound in interest for international travel. Expert managers are needed to help steer the industry and keep it growing sustainably.

Language

English

First start date

11.09.2023

Duration

1 year
Price
€17.750

Location

Antwerp, Belgium

Degree

Master in Maritime and Air Transport Management

Language

English

First start date

11.09.2023

Duration

1 year
Price
€17.750

Location

Antwerp, Belgium

Degree

Master in Maritime and Air Transport Management
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Program

1. Core Curriculum

Fundamentals of the Air Transport Industry

After this course, you have knowledge of basic concepts in the airline and airport industry and the rest of the air transport value chain. You will have a view on the diversity in equipment, market players and market organisation and understand how to apply the basic concepts in follow-up courses and real life. On the agenda: Economics fundamentals, Airline fundamentals, Airport fundamentals, Air cargo fundamentals and an excursion to Brussels Airport where we will visit the airport operations both on land- and airside.

Introduction to Global Supply Chain Management

A good knowledge of transport economics and of companies concerning Transport, Logistics & Supply Chains, is crucial in the program and is the main learning goal of this course. We equip you with the tools and principles that enable you to critically asses companies’ supply chain solutions and management strategies. You will better understand the different transport modes and types, transport and logistical economics (internal and external costs), profit and loss principles in transport, transport policies (European and worldwide) and the economics and trends of the Maritime and Air supply chains. Students gain knowledge on supply chain principles and economics, globalization in transport, environmental impacts and trends in supply chains, international eCommerce supply chains, digitization, Machine Learning, Robotics and Driverless Vehicles, etc.

Technology, Digital Innovation and Sustainability

You will be able to provide an overview of contemporary technological and innovation trends with links to sustainability, explain what is and which types of innovation are developed in the maritime supply chain and logistics and how they can be used. You will learn what are potential innovation processes steps, objectives and effectiveness of new technologies and innovation used in ports, intra- and inter-port communication and information exchange, logistics planning, airplane or technology providers. Students gain knowledge on how innovation networks contribute to innovation development and it offers academic insights with regard to innovation systems and innovation objectives.

Air Transport Market Analysis and Forecasting

After this course, you are able to appraise the key factors affecting demand for air travel and are able to analyse data and select the most appropriate model to produce a traffic forecast. You will learn to evaluate forecasting methods and interpret the results with confidence. You will be able to appraise and critique the work of other practitioners and specialists and to communicate effectively, in written and oral form, on air transport forecasts.

Air Transport Economics and Finance

Air Transport is a low-margin business. A good insight into the economics of airlines, airports, ground handlers and other players is essential to understanding and optimizing the value added in the air transport value chain. The course examines the financial trends and prospects for the airline industry, highlighting the differences in regional market developments. You will learn about the difference in cost and revenue structures of Full Service and Low-Cost Carriers, regional and leisure airlines, and full cargo airlines. After this course, you will be able to read financial statements and understand the working of aircraft leasing, equity financing, IPO’s and the US Chapter 11 procedure. These concepts will be illustrated with several practical examples and case studies discussed in class.

Airline Management and Strategy

This course will give you a clear understanding of the role, business economic functioning and competitive strategies of all actors in the aviation value chain, from the ‘spider in the web’, the airline, to ‘the web’ itself, the airports, air navigation suppliers, groundhandlers, etc. This course reviews the different business models and strategies for airlines and highlights their main attributes: product, network, scheduling, fleet, pricing, distribution and capacity management. It also discusses relatively new concepts like the multi-brand strategy, ultra-low-cost carriers, mega hub connectors, virtual airlines and airline-within-airline business models. The course uses concepts like comparison analysis, SWOT analysis, Business Model Canvas, Boston Consulting Group matrix, the Porter quadrant and game theory as frameworks to analyse and draft successful airline strategies.

Airport Management and Strategy

In this course, you acquire analytic skills to assess improvements and changes in different phases of the airports strategy and planning. You get a more in-depth insight in current challenges regarding pricing strategies in face of changing scenarios, we equip you with decision tools on airport development (expansion, cruise or contractions) and you will learn how to manage airports towards high level performance. We focus on Air Traffic, Airport Master Plans and environmental sustainability, Airport business models and strategies, regulation of Airports and Air Traffic Control and Airport marketing.

Airline Revenue Management

After this course, you can use industrial economic concepts to explain airline pricing behavior and understands the principles of airline revenue management and how they can be implemented to create value for the airline. You will also better understand the context (hypotheses) of different operation research models used in airline revenue management. You will be able to criticize realistic revenue management strategies put forward by others on their scientific integrity and strategic feasibility.

Airline Marketing

The Airline Marketing course explains how airlines differentiate their comparable products from each other. It discusses passenger and cargo segmentation and changes in customer needs and behaviors in the post COVID-19 era. In addition, it compares the marketing strategies of a range of airlines. It looks into the product adjustments that airlines have to make to adapt to changes in the marketing environment, such as schedule re-adjustments and the reconfiguration of aircraft cabins. Specific attention is given to the increase in alliance and joint-venture activity and the completion of several recent mergers. The resulting marketing advantages and disadvantages are discussed. Several case studies on successful and failing marketing strategies, product design, pricing and revenue management, distribution channels, and selling, advertising and promotional policies are discussed in the class.

Airline Business Game

During this course, you will gain knowledge and understanding of contemporary air transport developments based on transport, spatial and regional economic principles. We learn you how to answer questions about the air transport market in a clear and structured way based on your scientific insight into the air transport industry and you will illustrate your answers with examples. You will be able to analyze the functioning of the air transport market and respond to changes in that market in an ethically conscious way. You can also draw up a strategy for an air transport company in a dynamic environment. You will be challenged to communicate effectively, in written and oral form, on the knowledge gained at an academic level.


Note: This curriculum is subject to change.

2. International Trips

Apply your knowledge up close by taking a trip to some major airports in the Netherlands and Belgium. You'll visit Brussels Airport, Amsterdam Schiphol and KLM maintenance operations and Maastricht/Aachen to learn about logistics, operations and real-life case studies.

3. Master Project (in-company project)

Students will work in teams of two or three students on a real-life in-company project for 8 weeks, assisted by an academic advisor. The different teams work intensively on a challenging business case and deliver a complete report with new, practical insights. We expect you to consider this master project as your full-time job and to work as a real professional and future manager during the 8 weeks in which the main part of your work will be carried out.

This project will be a huge opportunity to gain more practical experience in a company, such as a port, shipping line, forwarder, governmental organization, etc. You will be able to apply all the methods and tools that you learned this year on a real-life case and impress the company that you are working for with your knowledge, personal skills and professional attitude.

4. Electives

Global Leadership Skills (Management track) or Research Methodology (Research track)

You can tailor this program to your background, specific needs and interests: you either choose for a 6 ECTS Research Methodology course or for a 6 ECTS Global Leadership Skills course that runs throughout the whole year.

Research Methodology

This course will allow you to acquire the necessary skills for setting up and successfully implementing research projects, for selecting the appropriate research methods and for critically assessing research by others. It deals with both quantitative and qualitative research methods applied across the field of transport economics. You will get familiar with key research choices, the full research process, the relationship between theory, research and application, and the development of own research tools and techniques. We provide a structured analytical framework to support development of research studies that can be a valuable tool as well for consulting studies and, in general, any problem solving situation.

Global Leadership Skills

See below.

5. Global Leadership Skills

Your personal development is a core element in the journey you will undertake during your year at Antwerp Management School.

At AMS, we look beyond the mere transfer of technical knowledge. As our mission statement explicitly mentions, we also want to stimulate your personal development. With the Global Leadership Skills track, we challenge and coach you to become more aware of who you are, how you cooperate with others, and what kind of career you want to pursue. We do this by building upon the three mission pillars of Antwerp Management School:

  • Self Awareness: leads to stronger cooperation with others.
  • Global Perspective: leads to a developed global mindset, allowing you to find better solutions to problems and complex issues.
  • Societal Consciousness: leads to sustainability in essential economic processes, a fundamental value in business.

Throughout this journey, we will focus on these three levels of learning by working with a mixture of exercises, self-analysis instruments, moments of reflection, individual follow-up, collective sessions and peer coaching. We will offer you relevant frameworks to support you in understanding your strengths and needs, and defining your areas for growth.

Global Leadership Skills development is more than a ‘nice to have’, it is a basic prerequisite for career success and recruiters will be assessing this when you apply for a job. Today’s employers are looking for an impressive set of soft skills when selecting young graduates. These include: self-awareness, the ability to work collaboratively with others, leadership skills, the capacity to adapt to new situations and to develop new skills, openness to and respect for different perspectives, multicultural awareness, and long-term and system thinking, to name just a few. This course aims to support you in developing these skills and in finding a match between who you are and what the world of employment needs; between your career ambitions and what employers are looking for.

6. Learning objectives

After attending this program:

  • you have both a broad and thorough knowledge of and insight in contemporary issues and the interdependencies of the transport-related business, based on research results and international experience drawn from the transport industry;
  • you have specialized knowledge of and insight in the complexity of the transport chains, its various modes of transport, interfaces and actors and their respective interaction with logistics management;
  • you have specialized knowledge of and insight in the complexity of logistics management, particularly with regard to import-export management, warehousing and distribution of goods, and related legislation and regulation;
  • you will be able to formulate a research question, to set up a research plan and to critically evaluate research results within the domain of transport management;
  • you will be able to apply the acquired scientific knowledge and skills to develop effective solutions for real-life business problems;
  • you will be able to apply the acquired scientific knowledge and skills in order to prepare business economics-related policy decisions on transport, to implement them, and to follow up on them in the transport chain;
  • you will be able to critically reflect on social developments, such as sustainability, and their impact on the transport industry from a (inter)national perspective;
  • you will be able to critically analyze and synthesize his/her own research and/or solutions for complex case studies by means of scientifically sound methodologies, and will be able to present them in a clear and concise manner.

7. Faculty

Function Academic Director Master in Maritime and Air Transport Management
Function SD Worx Chair Next Generation Work: Creating Sustainable Careers
Function Coordinator of EIT Urban Mobility at University of Lisbon
Function Researcher at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics at UA
Function Doctoral assistant at University of Antwerp

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