Ashgate Book review: “Airlines: Managing to make Money” by Stephen Holloway

Review by Eduard Koekkoek

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Optimal Aircraft Economics

by Dr. Hugo Roos and Bert van Herwijnen

Considering the lessons to be learned from this analysis, it could be stated that the short-term airport policy of only covering costs hurts the airport client; the airline. It should therefore be the airport’s first responsibility to protect its client’s need to attain economies of scale. Prof. Dr. H.B. Roos and Bert van Herwijnen discuss some effects of intensified security and safety procedures on airports and airlines.

Cranfield University

by Arjen Balk

The hot tarmac of the runway appears at the port side. Slowly, I terminate the approach turn and line up for the runway. Through the frantically rotating propeller blades, I see rows of Spitfires warming up in the strong midday sun. Controlled activity between the aircraft makes the airfield look like a disturbed ants’ nest. Where possible, mechanics embark upon their damage-control activities, making the birds airworthy for their next mission. My aircraft willingly responds to my commands and I return to base safely. Arjen Balk reports about his studies on aviation safety at Cranfield University.

'Aviation Knowledge Centre'

by Michael Zwartele

Within a year National Aviation Themepark Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport will open its doors. It will accommodate the collection of the now obsolete Aviodome museum at Schiphol Airport expanded with a hangar for operational historic aircraft, a congress centre and an Aviation Knowledge Centre which will be set up in a replica of the Schiphol Airport station building AD 1928. Michael Zwartelé reports about the new Dutch ‘Aviation Knowledge Centre’ which will be part of the Aviation Theme Park ‘Aviodrome’ at Lelystad Airport.

Destination Brussels 2003

by Sabrina Hulkenberg

On Wednesday 26 February we left to Brussels with a group of Aerius members for a three-day study-trip that included visits to Brussels International Airport Zaventem, the European Commission DG Transport & Energy, the Association of European Airlines (AEA), the IATA (International Air Transport Association) as well as the ACI (Airport Council International). Sabrina Hulkenberg reports about the three days trip Aerius organized in February to the capital of Europe: Brussels.

The Graduate: Frank van den Bergh

Transatlantic Airline Alliances

Aerius member Dr. Angela Cheng-Jui Lu explains that limitations of foreign ownership and control under bilateral air transport service agreements result in the formation of airline alliances. Airline alliances enable international air carriers to co-operate efficiently and integrate service networks without merging with one another. These cross-border operations lead to conflicts over the application of the different competition and antitrust laws. Without a unified global anti-trust law the airline industry must consider regional and/or bilateral approaches governments may use to enable a fair and free competition.

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