• William S. Swelbar is a Research Engineer in MIT’s International Center for Air Transportation, where he is affiliated with the Global Airline Industry Program and Airline Industry Consortium. Prior to accepting his research position at MIT, Bill was President and Managing Partner of Eclat Consulting, Inc., a firm he founded. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hawaiian (Airlines) Holdings, Inc. Over the past 20 years, he has represented airlines, airports, investors, manufacturers, and labor groups in a consulting role. A significant amount of his career has been spent studying market behavior resulting from structural changes in the competitive environment, including mergers, alliances, new entrant carriers and new aircraft technology. Bill’s work has included competitive assessments, cost-benefit analyses, and other economic and financial advisory services in support of strategic planning, corporate communications and labor negotiations. He is also a much sought-after speaker and also has provided expert witness testimony before various tribunals and before the United States Congress regarding the economics of commercial air transport. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from The George Washington University.
  • Peter P. Belobaba is Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s International Center for Air Transportation. He holds a Master of Science in Transportation and a Ph.D. in Flight Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Belobaba currently teaches graduate level courses on The Airline Industry and Airline Management, in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and is the Program Manager of the MIT Global Airline Industry Program. He is also Adjunct Professor of Aviation Management in the International Aviation MBA Program at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in Montreal. He manages the Passenger Origin-Destination Simulator (PODS) MIT Research Consortium funded by eight international airlines to explore issues of demand forecasting, seat inventory optimization and competitive impacts of revenue management. He has published articles dealing with airline pricing, revenue management and competition in Airline Business, Operations Research, Transportation Science, Decision Sciences, Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management and the Journal of Air Transport Management.


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