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Flying Off Course

Airline Economics and Marketing, 5th Edition

By Rigas Doganis


342 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Aviation is one of the most widely talked about industries in the global economy and yet airlines continue to present an enigma. Between 2010 and 2018 the global airline industry experienced its longest period of sustained profitability; however, huge global profits hid a darker side. Many airlines made inadequate profits or serious losses while others collapsed entirely. This fifth edition of Flying Off Course explains why.

Written by leading industry expert, Rigas Doganis, this book is an indispensable guide to the inner workings of this exciting industry. Providing a complete, practical introduction to the fundamentals of airline economics and marketing, it explores the structure of the market, the nature of airline costs, issues around pricing and demand, and the latest developments in e-commerce. Vibrant examples are drawn from passenger, charter and freight airlines to provide a dynamic view of the entire industry. This completely updated edition also explores the sweeping changes that have affected airlines in recent years. It includes much new material on airline alliances, long-haul low-cost airlines, new pricing policies and ancillary revenues in order to present a compelling account of the current state of the airline industry.

Offering a practical approach and peppered with real examples, this book will be valuable to anyone new to the airline industry as well as those wishing to gain a wider insight into its operations and economics. For undergraduate or postgraduate students in transport studies, tourism and business the book provides a unique insider's view into the workings of this exciting industry.


'This fifth edition of Flying Off Course is the indispensable book for anyone who wants to learn about the reality of running a modern airline. It explains the good, the bad and the ugly of this most challenging and volatile of industries. Prof. Doganis speaks with practical experience as he often fed medicine to sick airlines and cured their ills. I own the first edition and blame the book for embroiling me in this crazy aviation world. I recommend it to anyone new to the industry as it is authoritative, easy to read and, most importantly, reflects the real world of airline business. It is money well spent and many airline executives would save millions by reading it.'

Peter Bellew, Chief Operations Officer, Ryanair

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1 Characteristics and trends in the airline operations; 2 International regulation – bilateralism or ‘open skies’; 3 Understanding the structure of airline costs; 4 Determinants of airline costs; 5 The economics of the low-cost model; 6 The economics of leisure charters; 7 Alliances as a management tool; 8 Airline marketing – the role of passenger demand; 9 Forecasting demand; 10 Product planning; 11 Pricing for profit?; 12 The impact of ancillaries BY DR. JOHN F. O'CONNELL; 13 The economics of air freight; 14 Strategies for success

About the Author

Rigas Doganis is a former airline chief executive and was a non-executive director of both easyJet and South African Airways. He has worked as an aviation consultant and adviser to numerous airlines, governments, banks, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. He was also Professor and Head of the Air Transport Department at Cranfield University, UK.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General