Jack Harty graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach. He currently works as an Analyst in Network Planning at Delta Air Lines.
Discuss your current role at Delta Air Lines.
I work in Network Planning and Scheduling which is the department that determines where we want to fly, how many frequencies to fly in a market, and what kind of aircraft to fly on a particular route. Within the department, I work on the Future Schedule Planning team which builds the core of the schedule about seven to eight months before it is flown; we are focused on best deploying our assets (the airplanes in our fleet) to meet the anticipated demand, and we do this while navigating a never ending list of constraints such as how many aircraft we can fly, aircraft turn times, scheduled maintenance, airport slots, flight connections, and much, much more.
What involvement and networking while at ERAU helped contributed to your success?
Attending the Embry-Riddle Industry/Career Expo was instrumental to my success; during my first semester, I started networking with industry representatives and learning about internship opportunities in Network Planning. Ultimately, this opened up the opportunity to intern twice in Network at Delta. Leadership experience through class projects, the Career Services Student Ambassador program, and a solid business education also helped set me up for success.
What advice do you have for other students who want to work at an airline?
If it’s your dream to work for an airline, do it! Every morning I get to go to a job where I build a flight schedule that ultimately connects about half a million people every day, and quite often, I have to remind myself that I’m not dreaming.
Let your interest/passion show. If you want to work for an airline, chances are you have an interest in the industry. When asked to tell us about yourself in an interview, don’t be afraid to show your interest and tell us how you caught the “aviation bug.”
Have a drive to learn. The airline industry is dynamic, and even 20 year industry veterans are constantly learning something about the industry. A drive to learn and to succeed will set you apart, and after all, Delta’s motto is to “Keep Climbing.”
What are your future career plans?
Short term, I want to continue learning about the different facets of Network Planning. There is so much one can learn about the intricacies of markets and how a schedule can be put together. Long term, I plan to pursue my MBA and enjoy what will hopefully be a long and fun career in an industry I love.
What has been your greatest success since starting your first full-time position?
I would say that being tasked with the responsibility of building the schedule for some of the most constrained hubs (New York JFK and LaGuardia) is my greatest success since starting full-time. It has allowed me to learn a lot about what makes a good schedule and to get very creative at solving problems.