Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


This course provides an overview of airline management decision processes with a focus on economic issues and their relationship to operations planning models and decision support tools. It emphasizes the application of economic models of demand, pricing, costs, and supply to airline markets and networks, and it examines industry practice and emerging methods for fleet planning, route network design, scheduling, pricing and revenue management. Emphasis is placed on the interactions between the components of airline management and profit objectives in competitive environments. Students participate in a competitive airline management simulation game as part of the subject requirements.


16.71J/1.232J/15.054J The Airline Industry; adequate preparation in microeconomics, transportation economics, probability and statistics, operations research.

Course Requirements

Students in this course are required to participate in the ePODS Airline Management Game Simulation, which includes 6 separate Input Presentations throughout the semester. ePODS is an Airline Revenue Management simulation originally designed by Boeing and jointly developed by MIT and Boeing since 1994. In addition, students are responsible for completing 3 individual homework assignments as well as a midterm quiz.


Activities Percentages
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 20%
Mid Term Quiz 20%
Six Game Input Presentations 30%