Issue 38

Peak Oil – Impacts on Commercial Aviation

By Alex Kuhlman

Conventional wisdom assumes a future with plentiful oil to satisfy the world’s ever growing economies and higher living standards. However, all finite sources simply have limits to their growth and a global production peak is now imminent, followed by an irreversible decline. It is a problem that may soon eclipse global warming and deserves urgent attention by industry leaders and politicians if risks are to be fully understood and mitigation begun on a timely basis, argues Alex Kuhlman.

Noise Annoyance – A Socio-Political Approach

By Dr. Christian Bröer

In our previous Issue, Bröer presented research findings of his PhD research project showing that noise annoyance is triggered and shaped by noise annoyance policy itself. Research findings of the Amsterdam Schiphol and Zurich Kloten cases discussed in Issue 37 are put into a global perspective in this article.

Spatial Concentration in Europe Versus the US: From Gini Analysis to Strategic Assessment

By Dr. Hans Huber

Liberalization of air traffic in both the US and Europe has resulted in distinct patterns of spatial concentration of traffic distribution on each of the continents. This paper aims to account for geopolitically induced differences that can be stressed when comparing traffic distributions across continents. The research findings show important and potentially far-reaching asymmetries between (Western) Europe and the US for most of the geo-political dimensions.

Airlines’ Point of View as a New Approach to Measuring Quality of Service at Airports

Dr. Benedikt Badanik

This article provides a new approach to measure airport quality from the airlines’ point of view. This is an entirely new approach because approaches thus far have been from the customers’ point of view. This new approach has been tested at Bratislava Airport in Slovakia, but Full research results will be published at a later time.

How Sustainable is Emirates’ Business Model?

By Prof. Dr. Andreas Knorr & Alexander Eisenkopf

This contribution takes a closer look behind one of the fastest growing airlines in the world: Emirates. Despite the success of Emirates so far, there is also a fair amount of skepticism with respect to the commercial viability and long-term sustainability of Emirates’ business model. In this article, the authors provide a SWOT analysis of Emirates’ business model that needs to be discussed in the broader context of Dubai’s overall growth and development strategy into which it is firmly embedded.

Caribbean Aviation: ’Moving Forward?’

By Roger Cannegieter

Airlines in the Caribbean region have always seen themselves as the national pride of the islands they represent. Pride and other emotions that are associated with traditional ‘flag carriers’ can be perceived as barriers against taking full advantage of the more rational arguments behind consolidation. In this article, Aerlines’ Caribbean correspondent Roger Cannegieter explores contemporary regional market developments.

Book Review: Airline Network Development in Europe

By Prof. Dr. Frank Witlox

This book explores what the consequences of a deregulated EU air transport market are for airline network development and airport planning. The book analyzes changes in airline route reconfigurations, changes in airport hierarchy and individual airport network quality, and changes in strategic airport capacity planning. The book provides airports with information on how to deal with increased uncertainty as a result from changing airline network behavior.

Book review: Globalization and Regional Integration

Lomme Devriendt

How did the European airline market develop from an international system based on bilateral agreements into a single transnational aviation market? This book attempts to answer the formative question behind this book. ‘Globalization and Regional Integration’ is most certainly a worthwhile read, but it will have to be used alongside other books if one wishes to obtain a refined picture of the evolutions in the European aviation market.

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