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About Us

Flightpath Economics LLC is a professional consulting firm that identifies and solves complex problems in the commercial aviation industry.


Who We Are

who we are

Flightpath Economics LLC is a professional consulting firm that identifies and solves complex problems in the commercial aviation industry.  As active participants in modernizing and restructuring the aviation sector, our professionals provide strategic guidance, economic analysis, and data-driven negotiation support to customers throughout the aviation industry.

Our comprehensive, hands-on understanding of the aviation industry enables Flightpath Economics LLC to provide best-in-class expertise and advice that is always informed by a systemic and market-driven approach to aviation, as well as by our ability to understand, speak from experience, and talk directly with all participants in the air transportation industry, from the shop floor to the executive suite and boardroom. 

Whether you are an investor, management team, labor advocate, or part of the aviation supply chain, we can help you design and implement innovative solutions to difficult problems in commercial aviation.  Contact us for more information.

Leadership Team

Matt Barton is a consultant and economist in the aviation industry. He served as a financial advisor to creditors and other stakeholders in the bankruptcies of United Airlines, American Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines. He participated directly in the business and network restructuring of China Southern, Shenzhen Airlines, and Cebu Pacific Air. Matt co-authored an early market development study for a newly-launched regional jet, and was part of the startup team for a new airline that operated small regional jets. Earlier in his career, Matt worked for US Airways, where he was responsible for pricing new international routes between the US and Europe. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA from the University of California.

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Dan Akins is an aviation economist with thirty years of experience consulting in the commercial airline industry.   Specializing in financial and operational analysis, as well as forecasting, Dan has provided detailed air transport demand projections and economic impact analysis for both US and foreign airport operators.   He has worked extensively on behalf of a number of passenger and cargo air carriers and has produced support for a wide variety of international route applications before the US DOT under the auspices of bilateral treaties. Dan has also been heavily involved as an analyst, UCC advisor and expert witness in a number of recent airline restructurings including: American, United, Northwest, US Airways, Pinnacle, Mesaba, Hawaiian, Aloha, and Global Aviation.  Dan’s other engagements include pilot seniority integrations resulting from the mergers of United/Continental, Delta/Northwest, Southwest/Airtran, US Airways/America West, and Northwest/Republic, among several others.  Dan started his aviation career in Washington as a financial analyst with the Air Line Pilots Association.  He is a graduate of the London School of Economics where he specialized in Transport Economics. 

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Associates and Partners

Flightpath Economics is a specialized consulting firm that employs part-time and full-time economic analysts, data scientists, and aviation experts with specific and relevant skill sets.  If you have a strong academic background tempered by real-world experience in aviation, we would like to hear from you.  Send us an introductory email to admin@flight-economics.com, and we will contact you if there is an opportunity that fits your background and goals.

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