What Type of Role can Offer a Stepping stone into Airline Management?

Want to work in aviation, but you aren’t a pilot, flight attendant or engineer? Read our article to find out how


What Type of Role can Offer a Stepping stone into Airline Management? 

So you want to work in aviation, but you aren’t a pilot, flight attendant or engineer. Here our recruitment specialists take a look at some airline management roles that could offer the perfect opportunity to get a foothold in aviation.  


Of course there are well defined paths for pilots, mechanics, and flight attendants. All of these are critical roles for an airline and jobs that will likely be in strong demand for decades to come. But what most university students want are roles within the corporate heart of the airline, not production roles, and these paths are not nearly as well defined. Here we discuss what types of roles could help a Graduate begin their career: 

Financial Planning and Analysis 

Financial planning and analysis is an internal function within the Finance Department, responsible for annual budgeting, building financial models, tracking key metrics, and working collaboratively with other business areas such as Operations and Marketing to consult on projects, making it an excellent place to learn many aspects of the business. This is an ideal training ground for those who want careers in finance, but also for those who eventually want to move into marketing or operations with a sound foundation in the company’s key numbers. 


Pricing and Revenue Management 

Airlines are often held up as the epitome of best practice in pricing and revenue management.” That’s why a role in this function can be an excellent starting point for any budding aviation career in a corporate environment. These roles use data and tools to help the business with decision making; they provide strategic direction and can be a gateway to other areas of airline operations such as scheduling and reservations.  


Data Science And Business Information 

Data is fast becoming the lifeblood of any business, and airlines are no exception. For example, effective use of flight data could mean more predictive maintenance and lower costs. Every part of the airline can turn data into actionable information, from caterers to the cleaning team, and most airlines have dedicated business areas to help with this. 

Armed with good database skills, employees in these areas can be miracle workers for those in departments needing help with anything from decision making to business planning. Being able to understand, extract, and turn data into meaningful information is a valuable skill and fulfils a critically important role at many airlines. 


Sales Analysis 

Many large airlines have sales departments who work with other businesses and travel agents to establish contracts that drive traffic to the airline in exchange for benefits. By definition, negotiating benefits like this can cause a clash with the revenue management department, which means a role in sales analysis has become especially important, as it is about managing contracts and working with people and managing relationships within the wider business. This type of role will expose employees to key people in the buying decisions chain and can add value to companies by making smart contracts and managing their compliance. 



These are just a few short examples of how an employee could gain a foothold with aviation’s corporate centre, but one of the joys of aviation is the huge variety of roles that exist. If you are looking for your next role, why not take a look at what vacancies we currently have at https://www.aeroprofessional.com/candidates/aviation-jobs/ 

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