1st Edition

Managing Airline Networks Design, Integration and Innovative Technologies

By Markus Franke Copyright 2021
    196 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Managing Airline Networks: Design, Integration and Innovative Technologies is a fully comprehensive description of state-of-the-art network management practices at airlines. Designed as a compendium on current practices and future trends in the field, the book offers an instructive guide through the complex world of non-linear production systems.

    Written by a renowned consultant and aviation expert, the book discusses the impact of network management on airline resource planning and performance, and examines the interplay between network management and adjacent functions. The book includes a practical case study and is enriched with academic perspectives. Discussing upcoming trends in the sector, the book provides an outlook on advanced technologies that may play a role in next-generation network management.

    Features include:

    • a description of basic network types, performance indicators for profitable networks, efficient processes and success factors for network management, and common optimisation models and tools;
    • descriptive overviews, supported by practical examples, and leading to a deep-dive case study;
    • a section on trends in network management, outlining new demand forecasting models, ‘big data’ applications, machine learning and AI use cases, and alternative optimisation models for airlines.

    Managing Airline Networks: Design, Integration and Innovative Technologies is designed as a comprehensive compendium and is essential reading for both aviation practitioners and students of airline management.

    PART I State-of-the-art network management at airlines

    1. Introduction

    2. Planning paradigms for different types of networks

    3. Key performance indicators for successful network design

    4. Network management processes

    5. Network optimisation models and planning tools

    6. Impact of network design on airline planning

    7. Impact of network design on airline performance

    8. Case study on levers and effects of network management

    PART II Interplay with adjacent functions

    9. Interplay and integration with adjacent functions

    PART III Trends in network management

    10. New demand forecasting models

    11. New database technologies (‘big data’)

    12. Machine learning and artificial intelligence

    13. Alternative optimisation models

    Overall conclusion


    Markus Franke is owner of Franke Aviation & Transportation Consulting (FATC) and Managing Partner at M2P Consulting in Frankfurt. He has a track record of 29 years in aviation and 25 years in consulting, focusing on strategy and digitalisation. He is a lecturer at the International University of Bad Honnef (IUBH) and has published various articles and papers.