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Airline Network Planning and Scheduling

Book Description

A concise resource to the best practices and problem-solving ideas for understanding the airline network planning and scheduling process

Airline Network Planning and Scheduling offers a comprehensive resource that is filled with the industry's best practices that can help to inform decision-modeling and the problem-solving process. Written by two industry experts, the book is designed to be an accessible guide that contains information for addressing complex challenges, problems, and approaches that arise on the job. The chapters begin by addressing the complex topics at a broad, conceptual level before moving on to more detailed modeling in later chapters. This approach follows the standard airline planning process and reflects the duties of the day-to-day job of network/schedule planners.

To help gain a practical understanding of the information presented, each chapter includes exercises and data based on real-world case studies. In addition, throughout the book there are graphs and illustrations as well as, information on the most recent advances in airline network and planning research. This important resource:

•    Takes a practical approach when detailing airline network planning and scheduling practices as opposed to a theoretical perspective

•    Puts the focus on the complexity and main challenges as well as current practices and approaches to problem-solving and decision-making

•    Presents the information in a logical sequence that begins with broad, conceptual topics and gradually delves into more advanced topics that address modeling

•    Contains international standard airline planning processes, the day-to-day responsibilities of the job, and outlines the steps taken when building an airline network and schedule

•    Includes numerous case studies, exercises, graphs, and illustrations throughout

Written for professionals and academics, Airline Network Planning and Scheduling offers a resource for understanding best practices and models as well as the challenges involved with network planning and scheduling.

Ahmed Abdelghany, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Management, Marketing, and Operations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His past experience includes being a senior analyst in the Information Services Division (ISD) at United Airlines.

Khaled Abdelghany, PhD, is Professor and former Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Southern Methodist University. He has worked as an analyst in the ISD at United Airlines.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Preface
  3. Section 1
    1. 1 Brands of Airlines
      1. 1.1 Schedule Availability
      2. 1.2 Size and Domain of Service
      3. 1.3 Business Model
      4. 1.4 Ownership
      5. 1.5 Network Structure
      6. 1.6 Transport Service Type
      7. 1.7 Network Coverage
    2. 2 Airline Network Structure
      1. 2.1 Introduction
      2. 2.2 Time Bank
      3. 2.3 Advantages of the Hub‐and‐spoke Network
      4. 2.4 Limitations of the Hub‐and‐spoke Network
    3. 3 Airline Schedule Planning Decisions
      1. 3.1 Definitions
      2. 3.2 Relationships Among Scheduling Decisions
    4. 4 Measures of Performance
      1. 4.1 Operating Cost
      2. 4.2 Revenue or Income
      3. 4.3 Net Income (Net Profit) and Operating Profit
      4. 4.4 Flights
      5. 4.5 Available Seat Miles
      6. 4.6 Cost per Available Seat Miles (CASM)
      7. 4.7 CASM‐EX or CASM‐EX Fuel
      8. 4.8 Passengers
      9. 4.9 Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM)
      10. 4.10 Total Revenue per Available Seat Mile (TRASM or Simply RASM)
      11. 4.11 Passenger Revenue per Available Seat Mile (PRASM)
      12. 4.12 Passenger Yield
      13. 4.13 Average Load Factor (LF)
      14. 4.14 Block Hours
      15. 4.15 Aircraft Utilization
      16. 4.16 Stage Length
      17. 4.17 On‐time Performance Measures
      18. 4.18 Aircraft Life Cycle
      19. 4.19 Aircraft Number and Diversification
    5. 5 Freedoms of Air Service
    6. 6 Slot Availability
      1. 6.1 Level 1 Airports
      2. 6.2 Level 2 Airports
      3. 6.3 Level 3 Airports
  4. Section 2
    1. 7 Feasibility of a New Route
      1. 7.1 Business Plan
      2. 7.2 Application of Feasibility Study on a New Airline Route
    2. 8 Market Share Models
      1. 8.1 What Is a Model?
      2. 8.2 Model and Historical Data
      3. 8.3 Model Development Example
      4. 8.4 Categorical Dependent Variable
      5. 8.5 Introduction to Discrete Choice Models
      6. 8.6 Itinerary Choice Models
      7. 8.7 Applying Itinerary Choice Models: An Example
    3. 9 Profitability Forecasting Models
      1. 9.1 Introduction
      2. 9.2 Model Input
      3. 9.3 Itinerary Builder Module
      4. 9.4 How the Model Works?
      5. 9.5 Load Factor, Market Share, and Market Concentration
    4. 10 Partnership Agreements
      1. 10.1 Introduction
      2. 10.2 Regional Airlines
      3. 10.3 Code‐share Agreements
      4. 10.4 Airline Alliances
      5. 10.5 Distribution Channels and Point of Sale
      6. 10.6 Loyalty Programs
      7. 10.7 Corporate Travel
  5. Section 3
    1. 11 Basic Fleet Assignment Model (FAM)
      1. 11.1 Introduction
      2. 11.2 Graphical Representation: Time‐staggered Diagram
      3. 11.3 Problem Input
      4. 11.4 Problem Definition and Formulation
      5. 11.5 The Constraints of the Basic Fleet Assignment Problem
    2. 12 A Walk‐through Example of the Basic Fleet Assignment Model
      1. 12.1 Problem Definition
      2. 12.2 The Objective Function
      3. 12.3 The Constraints
      4. 12.4 Interconnection Nodes
    3. 13 Application of the Basic Fleet Assignment Model
      1. 13.1 Introduction
      2. 13.2 Problem Input
      3. 13.3 Setting the Problem in Excel Solver
      4. 13.4 Solution Interpretation
      5. 13.5 Resources Constraints
      6. 13.6 Additional Constraints
  6. Section 4
    1. 14 The Schedule Adjustment Problem
      1. 14.1 Introduction
      2. 14.2 Schedule Adjustment Decisions
      3. 14.3 Problem Formulation
    2. 15 Examples on the Schedule Adjustment Problem
      1. 15.1 Flight Deletion
      2. 15.2 Flight Addition
      3. 15.3 Flight Departure Time
  7. Section 5
    1. 16 Itinerary‐based Fleet Assignment Model (IFAM)
      1. 16.1 Introduction
      2. 16.2 Spill Cost Estimates and Network Effect
      3. 16.3 Demand Recapture
      4. 16.4 The Flight–Itinerary Interaction
      5. 16.5 The Itinerary‐based Fleet Assignment Problem
    2. 17 Example on IFAM
      1. 17.1 Problem Definition
      2. 17.2 The Constraints of the IFAM Example
      3. 17.3 The Objective Function
      4. 17.4 Problem Solution
    3. 18 Comparing FAM and IFAM
      1. 18.1 Problem Definition
      2. 18.2 Problem Solution
  8. Section 6
    1. 19 Integrated Schedule Design with the Itinerary‐based Fleet Assignment Model (ISD‐IFAM)
      1. 19.1 Introduction
      2. 19.2 Example of Demand and Supply Interactions
      3. 19.3 Aspects of Demand–Supply Interactions: Demand Correction Factors
      4. 19.4 The Schedule Design and Adjustment Problem
    2. 20 Example on ISD‐IFAM
      1. 20.1 Problem Definition
      2. 20.2 The Constraints of the Problem
      3. 20.3 The Objective Function
      4. 20.4 Problem Solving
      5. 20.5 Solution Interpretation
      6. 20.6 Changing the Operations Cost
  9. Section 7
    1. 21 Schedule Robustness
      1. 21.1 Introduction
      2. 21.2 Less‐prone‐to‐disruptions Schedules: The Concept of Adding Slack Times
      3. 21.3 Recoverable Flight Schedules
  10. References
  11. Index
  12. End User License Agreement