Air Carrier Management – AVIA 355

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will explore the regulatory, network, business, and operational framework that supports air carrier operations and management. Special topics include business strategy, airside planning and procedures, operational and crew planning, processes, disruptions in operations, and tactics for mitigating service interruptions. The course will incorporate concept-relevant current trends within the air carrier industry through review, analysis, and discussion.




This course will introduce the student to the various aspects of airline operations on the global scale. Students graduating from the Liberty University School of Aeronautics must be prepared to understand and relate to the operational framework and systems in the air carrier environment.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the regulatory framework under which air carriers operate.
  2. Identify the market and business strategies for airlines.
  3. Analyze network and air traffic system processes for airlines.
  4. Discuss operational and crew resource planning strategies.
  5. Assess operational disruptions and apply effective management strategies.
  6. Relate the subject material to real world applications.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Class Introductions

The purpose of the Class Introductions are for students to get to know their classmates. Students will read their classmates’ posts, get to know them, and say their friendly hellos to a minimum of 2 classmates.

Discussion Board Forums (7)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words in length.

Airline Profile Paper

The student will submit a 5-page paper, profiling an air carrier of choice.  The profile will frame the carrier’s market, service characteristics, regulatory oversight, alliances and codesharing partners, fleet structure, and corporate culture.  The paper is expected to be a minimum of 5 pages, double spaced, in full APA format with a minimum of 4 sources (one of which must be the course text).

Exams (3)

The student will complete 3 exams in this course. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 50-minute time limit.