Upon course completion, students will be able to:
1. Discuss the history and evolution of the air cargo industry. Describe the impact of the Air Cargo Deregulation Act of 1977 and recognize common airfreight terminology. Assess the latest air cargo security regulations.
2. Explain the structure of the air cargo industry and its impact on the economy. Be cognizant of the shipping rate structure and recognize the various air shipping containers and be familiar with their uses.
3. Appreciate the capabilities of the super air cargo hubs/facilities, both in the United States and around the world. Discuss the major global transportation regions and explore the categories of air cargo operations.
4. Discuss the major "integrators" (UPS and FedEx), describe their domestic and global operations and understand their managerial philosophy and practices. Expound on the high-tech methods of sorting, tracking and controlling air freight shipments.
5. Elaborate on the major regulatory organizations that shape and control the air cargo industry. Describe the categories of air cargo systems to include: passenger/cargo carriers, all-cargo carriers, couriers, express carriers and integrators. Summarize the roles of airfreight forwarders and cargo agents.
6. Appraise the functions of the airline/air cargo alliances. Explain and clarify the pros and cons of having membership in these organizations. Explore the philosophies and contributions of several of the most influential leaders in the air cargo industry.
7. Recognize the Boeing, AirBus and Russian air cargo aircraft that are presently in service and examine those under development. Identify the "special-use" aircraft and be familiar with the handling of dangerous, fragile, live, outsized, wet and valuable cargo.
8. Analyze statistical and other significant information in the airfreight industry. Evaluate and comment upon the world’s top air cargo airlines. Appraise the latest internet information and web-sites data for all cargo, airport, and airline related activities.