Air Cargo Operations Management Syllabus - BBA-TT (PU)

  • Short Name N/A
  • Course code ACM 304
  • Semester Eighth Semester
  • Full Marks 100
  • Pass Marks 45
  • Credit Hrs 3
  • Elective/Compulsary Compulsary

Air Cargo Operations Management

Chapter wise complete Notes.

Course Description

Course objectives

 To equip the student with knowledge and skills used in Air Cargo Operations Management with systematic process involved in this process. The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the operations and management of different types of cargo, terminologies used in cargo operation, air cargo rates and documentations, packaging, IATA cargo handling and acceptance, dangerous goods.

Course Description

Students will learn basic Air Cargo Management, issues of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Air transportation.  It will be an update to the students to reflect the air cargo management in the 21st century; this text provides comprehensive, sophisticated coverage of both classic and current practices in air transportation management. The reader is guided through the ins and outs of the air transportation industry as well as through the details of management functions within airlines. It will provide a frame works of Cargo, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Air Cargo Rates and Documentations, Cargo and Packaging and Insurance Claim and Scope of Liability.

Course Outcomes

  • Student will be able to develop knowledge on Air Cargo Management.
  • Student will be able to develop knowledge in issues of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Air transportation
  • Student will be able to develop knowledge in Air Cargo Rates and Documentations,
  • Student will be able to develop knowledge in Cargo and Packaging
  • Student will be able to develop knowledge in Insurance Claim and Scope of Liability.
Unit Contents

Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction to Cargo and Logistics and Supply Chain Management       6 hours

Introduction to Cargo, mode and means of transportation, air cargo operation in Nepal. Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management: definitions and activities.

Unit 2: Evolving Role of Freight Forwarder                                                           4 hours

Introduction and functions of the freight forwarders

Unit 3: Introduction to Documentary Credit                                                           6 hours

Introduction, international sales contract, advantages of documentary credit, requirements of buyer and seller, different types of documentary credit

Unit 4: The Fourteen INCOTERMs                                                                        4 hours

Introduction, objectives, developments of INCOTERMs

Unit 5: Air Cargo Rates and Documentations                                                    8 hours

Publication of air cargo tariffs, different types of air freight rates, types of other charges, Documentations: Custom clearing documents, accompany documents, shipper’s letter of instruction, delivery order, transport documents, the airway bill of lading.

Unit 6: Cargo and Packaging                                                                               4 hours

Introduction, methods of cargo carriage, cargo in different forms

Unit 7: Cargo Handling and Acceptance                                                            4 hours

General cargo, special cargo, weight & dimension, packing, marking, labeling, handling label, coding and decoding, all types of cargo requiring special handling (AVI/VAL/LHO/HUM/HEA/PER/VUN/OBX/AOG/U-AG/AV7/DIP)

Unit 8: Dangerous Goods                                                                                     6 hours

Introduction, classification, limitation, identification, packing, documentation, unitization, handling, acceptance and the carriage of dangerous goods.

Unit 9: Cargo Warehouse and Buildup                                                               4 hours

Unit Load devices (ULD) – Introduction, types of ULDs, introduction of cargo warehouse, cargo build up procedure, cargo manifest

Unit 10: Insurance Claim and Scope of Liability                                               4 hours

Introduction, principles and rules governing liability, the liability of freight forwarder, carriage of Goods by Sea, the Hague rules, Hamburg rules, Warsaw convention,  Montreal convention


Text and Reference Books

Basic Texts:

  • Chudamani Budathfoki & Sharad C. Kafley. (2011). An Introduction to Cargo Management, compiled and edited by, 2011, Super Printing Press


  • (2014). Air Cargo Industry Master Operating Plan: A description of the air cargo industry transportation business process. International Air Transport Association (IATA) – Cargo
  • John G. Wensveen. (2007). Air Transportation: a management Perspective, 6th Edition, Ashgate.
  • Clearwater Drive, 2000, Air Cargo Guide, Oak Brook, IL 60521.