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Leeds Bradford International Airport visit gives insight into aviation industry


MBA students have been getting first-hand experience of the aviation industry on a visit to Leeds Bradford International Airport.

As part of the Strategic Management module of the course students visited the Southside Aviation Centre at the airport.

The aim was to identify different sectors within the aviation industry, examine how aviation business Multiflight operates and analyse the current position of the industry.

Director of Studies for MBA at Bradford School of Management, Dr Craig Johnson said: “The trip to Leeds Bradford Airport provided a real insight into one of the major employers in the region. As well as providing insight into another industry, it allowed the MBA students to think about the underlying principles of industry structure that forms a basis for their module on Strategic Management."

Visit organiser Paula Reynier, who is studying the MBA course at the School of Management, works at the Aviation Academy at Leeds Bradford Airport and has a keen interest in the development of UK aviation.

She said “The visit started with a tour of the Multiflight hangars. The first hangar is located closest to the runway and stores privately owned aircraft, Multiflight light aircraft, two jet aircraft and helicopters.

“There are also two hangars used for maintenance. Along with Multiflight light aircraft, two commercial aircraft were in the hangar for checks, B737 and B757.

“We also visited The Aviation Academy, a college with further education and higher education provision which is located in Hangar 1.

“Derek Brickell, lecturer in Aviation Management and Air Transport Planning, presented information about the UK Aviation Industry. He also discussed his previous role in marketing at East Midlands Airport.”

Paula joined the Aviation Academy in 2010, teaching across a range of courses from BTEC Aviation Operations courses to BSc degrees as well as providing learner support to students on full time courses.

After completing her BA (Hons) Geography, Paula worked as for Virgin Atlantic Airways. In 2001, she left Virgin for a career in financial services for Chase de Vere Investments, before becoming a teacher at the Aviation Academy.

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