Book Review: Foundations of Airline Finance by Bijan Vasigh

From frequent flyer programs to fuel hedging, this new book on airline finance provides you with a foundation in finance and in the application of these methodologies to various topics in airline industry practice.

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Aircraft Value, Global Economy and Volatility

Estimating an aircraft’s value and forecasting its future price is a complex process. Aircraft values depend not only on such factors as aircraft overall condition, maintenance quality, the time to the next major check, fuel and seat capacity, they also depend on general economic conditions. Since the same type of aircraft can be operated on different stage lengths (i.e., routes with different distances), the average number of landings per hour can vary. Therefore, factors determining an aircraft’s value include the aircraft’s age, physical condition, maintenance status, maintenance documentation, and the inflation rate.

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