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William S. Swelbar is a Research Engineer in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Center for Air Transportation, where he is affiliated with the Global Airline Industry Program and Airline Industry Research Consortium.

Prior to accepting his research position at MIT, Swelbar spent 25 years in the consulting world with a focus on airline labor cost restructuring, regulatory issues governing air transport, communication strategy and support, and air service development on behalf of airports and communities. In his consulting roles, Swelbar has represented airlines, airports, investors, manufacturers, and labor groups. He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hawaiian (Airlines) Holdings, Inc..

Swelbar is also a much sought-after speaker and has provided expert witness testimony before various tribunals and before the United States Congress regarding the economics of commercial air transport. Swelbar is widely quoted in the financial and mainstream press on issues impacting air transport. In addition, Swelbar is published in the Journal of Air Transport Management and is a contributing author in an upcoming textbook entitled: The Airline Industry published by Wiley Press.

Swelbar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with honors from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from The George Washington University.

2011 Air Service Luncheon
Featuring MIT's Bill Swelbar.

FOX National News on NMB Ruling Change
Includes interview with Bill Swelbar.

AviationNews Today - Energy/Air Service Summit
William Swelbar, Research Engineer, MIT International Center for Air Transportation, speaks at the AAAE Energy/Air Service Summit, July 10, 2008.

AIEE Headquarters
At EXPO! EXPO! CEIR's Doug Ducate interviews Swelbar, December 16, 2008.

MPR / "Airline Industry Blues"
With Guest Speakers William Swelbar and Mike Boyd, April 14, 2009.

"Evolve, Adapt, Reinvent... or Risk Irrelevance"
An ACI-NA Swelbar Webinar, June 10, 2009.

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In-Depth Look: Airline Quarterly Earnings - Bloomberg News
Interview and discussion with William Swelbar of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He says revenue line for airline industry is deeply troubled. (Bloomberg News), July 21, 2009.

"How's 2010 Look for the Airline and Travel Business?"
Ron Kuhlman and Kathryn Creedy, correspondents from the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) plus Bill Swelbar, Research Engineer at MIT International Center for Air Transportation.
IAGblog Podcast, December 30, 2009.

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