Issue 23

Transatlantic Airline Alliances

by Dr. Angela Cheng-Jui Lu

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.

Airport of the World: FraPort

by Tim Fongern

An Aviation Salesman (German: Luftverkehrskaufmann) is an aviation expert. An Aviation Salesman with Fraport AG is well-educated in matters of all airport related processes, administrative and operational. The training schedule contains practical periods in many different departments of Fraport AG, many training courses, school periods, field-trips, seminars, national and international internships and optional language lessons. Tim Fongern reports about professional training with Fraport AG, Germany.

by Bram du Saar and Roger Cannegieter
When the new-entrant Belgian airline, VG Airlines, VG Airlines, unveiled its corporate brand we (the authors) discovered that it was designed by a Dutch graphic designer. This fascinated us and we decided to find out more about the business of designing airline corporate brands. We contacted the designer of VG Airlines’ brand, Mr. Norbert Lambriex for an interview and visited him to discuss aircraft graphic designing and the history of his company. Even as it appears that all-white liveries are the new trend in today’s corporate identities for many airlines, Mr. Norbert Lambriex of Lila Design Aviation has other views.

The Graduate: Frank van den Bergh

Airline of the World: Eastern Airlines

by Roger Cannegieter

Eastern Airlines was one of the biggest U.S. airlines during their existence. I flew with them in the ‘80’s and have loved them ever since. This article will focus on their history, the aircraft used, routes flown and the management changes, which caused the airline’s demise. Roger Cannegieter reports about the pride of the past: Eastern.

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.

‘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.


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.

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.

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

Review by Eduard Koekkoek

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