MIT and SITA embark on strategic IT talks

SITA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have begun initial exploratory talks as part of their new partnership to identify areas where IT can have a high impact on the air transport industry.

Having recently joined the MIT Airline Industry Consortium, SITA will participate in the research and educational efforts of MIT’s Global Airline Industry Program and will contribute to the development of its strategic aviation research agenda.

According to Dr Peter Belobaba, the Program Manager: “We will maintain a strong focus on issues facing the industry and the importance of IT in tackling those issues, globally.”

In the meantime, ‘The Global Airline Industry’ is the title of a new book from MIT authors and industry experts, edited by Peter Belobaba, Amedeo Odoni and Cynthia Barnhart, all associated with the Global Airline Industry Program.

For air transport professionals and others in the industry, the book – to be available in early 2009 – includes chapters on airline economics, management, scheduling and operations, as well as reviews of aviation safety and security, airports, air traffic control, environmental impacts, and more.

See also: http://web.mit.edu/airlines.

New book: “The Global Airline Industry”

By Peter Belobaba, Amedeo Odoni and Cynthia Barnhart (Editors)

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the global airline industry for air transportation professionals worldwide, for students in transportation programmes and, more generally, for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.

The chapters were written by a group of faculty and research staff affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), recognized for their expertise on the multiple facets of the air transport sector. All are associated with MIT’s Global Airline Industry Program (web.mit.edu/airlines). 

Much of the content of this book is based on materials developed for a first-year graduate subject at MIT, “The Airline Industry”, that the co-authors have been teaching together since 2001. 

Following a brief description of the evolution, recent developments and future challenges facing the industry, chapters of this book are devoted to detailed coverage of airline economics, management, scheduling, and operations, as well as reviews of the topics of aviation safety and security, airports, air traffic control, environmental impacts, and the international regulatory environment in which the industry operates. 

The perspective is international, drawing on the authors’ extensive experience with airline and air transport issues around the world.

The book is expected to be available in early 2009, from Wiley Publishers (UK).

See also: http://web.mit.edu/airlines.

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