Foundations of Airline Finance: Methodology and Practice

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Routledge, Nov 13, 2014 - Business & Economics - 616 pages

In recent years the airline industry has experienced severe volatility in earnings, with airlines recording periods of substantial profits that are closely followed by periods of financial distress. This trend has continued into the new millennium, with numerous examples of airlines across the globe entering bankruptcy protection or liquidating.

The text provides an introduction to both the basics of finance and the particular intricacies of airline finance where there can be significant fluctuations in both revenues and costs. This new edition also includes:

  • capital budgeting
  • management of current assets
  • financial risk analysis
  • fuel hedging
  • aircraft leasing

This textbook contains chapters that cover unique aspects of the aviation financial decision-making process. These include a rigorous and structured presentation of the buy versus lease decision that is prevalent in the industry, a valuation process for aviation assets, the recent trend toward privatization and the difficulty inherent in the valuation of a publicly-owned or semi-publicly owned asset.

The Foundations of Airline Finance, now in its second edition, is an introductory text that can be used either as a general financial text or in a specialized class that deals with aviation finance in particular.


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Part II Finance in the airline industry
Part III Airline capital budgeting
Part IV Practical applications

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About the author (2014)

Dr Bijan Vasigh is Professor of Economics and Finance in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Florida, USA, and a Managing Director at Aviation Consulting Group, LLC.

Kenneth Fleming is Managing Director, ACG Aviation Consulting Group LLC, Ormond Beach, Florida, USA

Barry Humphreys is a former Director of Virgin Atlantic Airways; he is currently Non-Executive Chairman of the British Air Transport Association and an aviation consultant.

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