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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (21 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754670910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754670919
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This well organized book fills a huge gap in aviation literature. Clearly written, with excellent use of diagrams, it provides an insight into and an understanding of fleet planning, the cornerstone of airline management.' Rigas Doganis, Cranfield College of Aeronautics, UK 'The airline industry is very complex and one in which it has always been very difficult to make money. A key component of the multi-faceted challenge is the way to accommodate highly variable demand with a pre-determined number of aircraft, each with a fixed capacity in the short term. Paul Clark in his book Buying the Big Jets provides a comprehensive, lucid, and an informative guide for airline fleet planners to optimize their capacity resources in the fiercely competitive marketplace. It is a "must-have" book for airline practitioners responsible for fleet planning because of the experiential insights contained in the book on a broad spectrum of relevant topics and an equally beneficial book for students of the airline industry to learn about complex subjects such as market segmentation and spill, aircraft performance, and investment appraisals.' Nawal K. Taneja, Ohio State University 'Buying the Big Jets has succeeded in bringing together, in an easily understandable form, the many factors that currently influence the aircraft purchasing process...a useful tool to broaden the knowledge of specialists involved in the process...a good balance has been achieved between breadth and depth and the book will be of interest to a wide spectrum of technical and non-technical readers.' The Aerospace Professional '...a valuable examination of the current practices in aircraft evaluation and selection, clarifying the new fleet planning methodologies and decision making processes...of great value to professionals with fleet planning responsibilities, students of air transport and for the banking community, where insights into aircraft acquisition are vital.' Air International 'This book gives an overview that is broad, thorough, accessible and endowed with many interesting facts and figures: this is a recommended book for aviation students and non-specialized professionals who want to get acquainted with the more technical aspects of fleet acquistion such as engineering, planning and marketing aspects.' Aerlines, December 2007

About the Author

Paul Clark is the author of Stormy Skies. He worked for more than 20 years at Airbus, then established and managed AirBusiness Academy in Toulouse for 3 years before moving to Montreal to run the IATA Training and Development Institute for almost 2 years. He is currently working independently as an aviation consultant (Through The Looking Glass: Paul is a Visiting Professor at City University in the UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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Paul Clark hit the nail with this publication. A long waited publication and a topic difficult to explore somewhere else. This second edition goes deeper and broader in subjects than the former edition. With a down-to-earth approach the book goes through the entire process of fleet planning in an objective but full of alternatives manner. Mr. Clark is right in his opinion that Fleet planning is not a foolproof activity but rather an empiric particular process for every airline. The book brings some order and method to the Fleet Planning activities and it is a valuable tool for the student as well as the practicer. From aircraft performance, airline economics, to operational constraints, to name but a few, this books covers most if not all topics in this area. Of especial interest to the reader, the Investment Appraisal is what finally determines the viability of aour plane. This can be defined like the right book, if not the only one, for the right topic.
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An essential must-have compendium for all those interested in aviation fleet planning. An highly recommended reading also for those working or having an interest in the wider transport industry, as the underlying financial, economical and operational concepts are easily transferable to other sectors of the passenger and freight transport industry.
The author managed to make this book an appealing reading for all level of professional experience, thanks to his ability to write plainly, and combining theory with personal experience.
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This is a brilliant book that discussed aircraft procurement from an analytical standpoint. It allows readers to understanding the decision process that drive aircraft procurement. What size of aircraft should I buy ? How many do I need ? How does this fit in with my planned schedule ? How can I optimise the allocation of aircraft ? How do I do a technical evaluation ?

The book contains many diagrams that illustrate the concepts (for example: waves of departure from a hub) and is written in an easy to understand style.

My business is aerospace as opposed to Airline Operation and procurement and this book gave me a rich insight into aicraft procurement.

I have seen no other book like it. Read it together with Stephen Shaw's "Airline Marketing and Management" which together form a great basis for understanding the airline industry.
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I was looking for a book which broadly explained why the major airlines choose specific aircraft families. While the book provides a general poverview, few airlines and aircraft types are refered to. Most times its Aircraft A over Aircraft type B, analysisi but it doesnt give specifics of say the performance of the 737-800 over the A321 for example, Very few airline purchases are analysed, which would have allowed the reader to gain an insight into what specifically motivated key airlines to choosing their equipment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buying the Big Jets by Paul Clark 5 Aug. 2005
By Elijah Chingosho - Published on
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Buying the Big Jets is an excellent practical book on airline fleet planning. It gives guidelines on how airlines should assess, evaluate and select their fleet. The author methodically examines the current practices in fleet planning and provides practical insights into how this can be improved. The book tracks the major steps in aircraft evaluation for scheduled airlines. It starts with the establishment of a planning structure, then assessing the market and aircraft product against corporate goals, analyse aircraft performance and economics and finally carry out an investment appraisal.

As an informed reader from Africa, I have a lot of positive comments for the book. I am, however aware that the author is focusing his message on the large buyers from developed countries, the newly industrialised countries of Asia/Pacific rim and the oil rich Middle East.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy 30 Dec. 2007
By Ng Wee Tong - Published on
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Buying the Big Jets

Just bought this book recently. Incidentally also just received a certificate from IATA for a related fleet planning course and noticed it was signed by Paul Clark who is the director of the institute and authour of this book.

Lots of details to learn and coming from a flight operations background, a sure way to appreciate all the work going on behind the scenes in airline operations. And I have not finished the book!

Raymond Ng
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both broad and deep 3 Mar. 2009
By Russell Ryan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Although this purchase left a hole in my pocket, it is worth it. I am actually a guy who makes his living buying and leasing Big Jets and their associated engines, and had formerly been a consultant showing foreign airlines how to do market planning. What is good about this book is that it really does cover all the subjects one needs to know to do this job, and does so in an insightful and practical way which shows that the author understands the content, its application in practice, has captured a wealth of experience, and gotten all this data in one book. Too often, we never really get a full explanation of why things are the way they are (plus many people are incapable of articulating it), so one never gets to the heart of the matter. I found several explanations to items I had never fully understood, and saw some 'other concepts' of how analysis is performed. Well Done.
5.0 out of 5 stars Planning to buy the passenger jets 5 Mar. 2012
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The book is truly an amazing educational, self explanatory and informative document; that would defiantly help in this field. I have been working as an Airline agent for exactly twenty years in this field and learnt a lot from this highly recommended book.

If I were the head of IATA, I would recommend all airlines to have one at least in their technical library
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing introduction on fleet planning! 18 Oct. 2015
By dolivc - Published on
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This is an excellent book for a general overview and start on airline fleet planning, airline economics and airline maintenance (regarding fleet selection process). I truly recommend for anyone interested in easy to read and outstanding quality book on airline fleet planning. No previous knowledge on the subject is required to understand the book concepts.
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