The Editorial Staff

Aerlines Magazine is run by a group of enthousiastic volunteers. They share a passion for writing, publishing and aviation affairs.

Bram du Saar – Editor-in-chief Bram_du_Saar2
Bram has been an editor for Aerlines since 2001 after attending the Aerius Studytrip to Canada. At this time Aerlines was still a hard-copy magazine. He wrote, amongst others, articles on IATA, Bombardier, the Joint Strike Fighter and recently on the privatization of Budapest Ferihegy Airport in Hungary. He also assists guest authors in the process of getting their articles ready for print in Aerlines. Before joining the editorial team, he was co-organizer of 2000 annual conference of the Air Transport Research Society (then known as Air Transport Research Group), which was hosted by Aerius in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Bram has studied spatial planning and transport economy at the University of Amsterdam. There his interest for the aviation industry was born. He graduated in the year 2000 and is now a planning officer by profession. Contact Bram at


WJWillem-Jan Zondag – Editor

Willem-Jan is an Aerius/Aerlines die-hard. He has been actively involved with Aerius since January 2001. From early 2001 until late 2002, he was secretary of the association. In Autumn 2002, he was appointed president of the board of which he resigned in Spring 2004. After leaving the Aerius board he remained active as editor-in-chief of Aerlines Magazine. WJ has bachelor degree in Business Logistics from the Haarlem Business School and holds a Master degree in Economics from the Free University Amsterdam where he graduated early 2006 with a thesis on competition in the air cargo industry. Please click here to read the executive summary of this thesis. Besides editor, Willem-Jan is a board member at the Aerlines Magazine Foundation and the internet development team. WJ is currently staff manager at Process & Policies – Special Services Benelux of TNT Express Contact Willem-Jan at


bram_kaashoekBram Kaashoek – Editor

Bram is currently responsible for the book reviews of Aerlines. Furthermore, he works as a researcher at a research consultancy on methodology (participatory policy making, monitoring and benchmarking, statistical analysis) concerning innovation policy. Bram graduated (MSc) in Organization Studies at Tilburg University (2006). His thesis was about organizational strategies to handle regulatory institutional pressures towards sustainable development innovation in the aviation sector. Interests in aviation and air transport are driven from his educational background in Organization Studies: probably, there will be no other industry with such a lot inter-organizational collaborations and activities. One could think about the major airline alliances but also about co-operative projects between airlines and airports, governmental institutions and industry companies for technological product development. Furthermore, aviation is very dependent on contextual issues: not only economic factors play a role, but also social-political and geographical factors. Balancing on this dependency and management of contingencies is interesting in the eyes of an organization scientist. Contact Bram at ______________________________________________________________________________________

PaulPaul Nibbering – Editor

Paul has joined the Aerlines editorial team spring 2008. His passion for aviation has evolved already from a very young age, eventually leading to his participation within Aerlines. He studied Business Administration at the VU University in Amsterdam. Paul holds a Bachelor degree in Business Information Technology from the HES School of Economics and Business and graduated (MSc) in Business Administration at the VU University in Amsterdam (2007). He specialized in Transport, Distribution and Logistics and wrote among others a couple of aviation related research papers. This led to the idea of becoming an active contributor to Aerlines Magazine. His thesis discussed the management of airport congestion, thereby focusing on the effects of runway peak pricing. One of his main interests in the field of aviation is air traffic management. Contact Paul at


michel_van_wijkDr. Michel van Wijk – Editor

Michel van Wijk was born on May 7, 1977 in Huizen, the Netherlands. From 1995 to 2001 he studied and graduated as M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam. This includes an E.U. INTERREG internship at Kolpron Consultants in Rotterdam. Furthermore, he was an exchange student at the Technical University of Berlin in 1999. Extracurricular activities included organising international student trips, conferences and excursions. From 1999 to 2001 Michel van Wijk was enrolled in the master’s program of International Affairs in the University of Amsterdam, which helped to develop his interest in academic research. This led to an appointment as Ph.D. student in Urban and Regional Planning at Utrecht University (2001-2006). The first years of research were spent at Ecorys Nederland in Rotterdam, and for three months at the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (2003). From 2004 to 2006 he was a research student at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, including a five-months Japanese language course. After defending his PhD thesis in January 2007, Michel works as a project manager at Schiphol Area Development Company. He joined the editorial team of Aerlines mid 2009.

Giulia_MauriGiulia Mauri – Editor

Giulia joined the Aerlines editorial team in 2012. She started working in aviation more than 10 years ago after the bankruptcy of Sabena and since then, she has been passionate about aviation. After graduating from the Turin Law Faculty (Italy) in 1996, she obtained a Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Français from the university Jean Monnet – Lyon III (France) and a Master of Laws in international and European law from the KU Leuven (Belgium). She is currently in charge of the aviation and transport department of law firm Verhaegen Walravens in Brussels and eager to contribute to Aerlines a practitioner’s perspective. Contact Giulia at


Hubert Croes – Art director
Hubert is editor for Aerlines Magazine since 1995. He wrote his first contribution on TAP Air Portugal for Aerlines after he went to Lisbon in the time he was a student at the “Universiteit van Amsterdam”. He still enjoy being part of the Aerlines Team. Being born on Aruba, he has always been passionate about aviation on his native island. So last year, he joined a friend in establishing Air Aruba Virtual, a virtual airline based on the former Aruban national carrier and MS Flight Simulator. Since then, it has been growing and providing a high level service with a Caribbean touch to the virtual community. Contact Hubert at


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