Upon course completion, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the role of economic analysis and its application within strategic and tactical management of the global airline industry.
2. Assess the potential for regional air transportation growth given the nature of air Travel demand including the application of factors that drive demand.
3. Describe airline cost structure, the nature of fixed, variable, and controllable costs, and methods of control employed by network and low-fare carriers, and demonstrate the application of airline costs to fleet selection.
4. Explain the major segments of passenger and cargo demand classified by price elasticity of demand.
5. Contrast the various product and route structure alternatives, including the costs and benefits of each, and means for achieving product differentiation, and describe and give examples of various passenger and cargo business models.
6. Compare and contrast competing airline products and assess potential for meeting targeted customer segments and profitability.
7. Describe the economic market types and contrast the pricing and output decisions of firms.
8. Explain the theory of price discrimination and its application to revenue management in the airline and other industries.
9. Discuss the regulatory history of international air transportation and the evolution toward liberalization and competitive markets, and assess the affect of liberalization on air transport growth, product development and pricing.
10. Compare and contrast the economics of the global air freight market with passenger service.