Managing Airline Scheduling Challenges (LIVE virtual classroom)



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About the course

3-day (18 hours) LIVE virtual classroom course

IATA Managing Airline Scheduling Challenges  aviation training course

Managing Airline Scheduling Challenges course focuses on the key aspects of airline scheduling and the most common challenges faced by the scheduling managers. It outlines the aviation industry best practices and covers different approaches to overcoming scheduling constraints driven by factors such as the customer appeal, competitive response, weather characteristics, airport limitations, crew regulations and maintenance requirements. The course uses practical cases studies that will enable you to test and apply your learnings immediately.

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Course Code: TALM-64-VC

Course format

  • The live sessions of this virtual classroom course are delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • The course will take you approximately 18 hours to complete and be held over 3 consecutive days.
  • There will be 3 live interactive virtual classroom sessions per day, each session will be 90 minutes.
  • The live sessions will require your participation, with multiple Q&A sessions and additional time spent on self-study material including projects, research, additional reading and videos.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment.

Technical requirements

Please verify your hardware, software and network to support your upcoming course with IATA Training.


  • Recommended level is Entry-level or Intermediate.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

To arrange in-house training for your company: Complete the in-house training request form or contact the B2B Training Specialist in your region.

Virtual venues

We schedule our virtual classroom courses through one of 3 virtual venues, each in a different time zone for your convenience. For more information, please visit our page on virtual classroom timing or contact our Customer Portal.

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What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Explain all intricacies of the airline schedule process
  • Identify the differences between commercial, aircraft, crew and maintenance schedules
  • Determine efficient scheduling decisions based on customer preferences and revenue, competition, and airport specific operational constraints
  • Discuss how maintenance requirements and crew regulations are incorporated in scheduling
  • Explain how scheduling choices effect cost (block hours, fuel cost, crew utilization, aircraft utilization)

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • Airline scheduling process and best practices
  • Measuring efficient schedule performance
  • Scheduling specifics by airline business model
  • Role of customer preferences and competition
  • Airport limitations and slot constraints impact
  • Impact of weather on operational performance and contingency planning
  • Scheduling optimization around maintenance requirements and crew flight time limitations

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Fleet planning, network, and scheduling staff
  • Airline ops planning and ops control managers
  • Airport staff in ops planning and airline engagement
  • Aspiring beginners interested aviation careers
  • Civil Aviation Authority staff

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on an assessment. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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