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Airline Network Planning and Scheduling

Airline Network Planning and Scheduling

Ahmed Abdelghany, Khaled Abdelghany

ISBN: 978-1-119-27588-6

Nov 2018

416 pages

$104.99

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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.

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Preface

List of Figures

List of Tables

Section 1 20

Chapter 1: Brands of Airlines 21

1.1 Schedule Availability 21

1.2 Size and Domain of Service 22

1.3 Business Model 22

1.4 Ownership 24

1.5 Network Structure 25

1.6 Transport Service Type 25

1.7 Network Coverage 26

Chapter 2: Airline Network Structure 27

2.1 Introduction 27

2.2 Time Bank 29

2.3 Advantages of the Hub-and-Spoke Network 39

2.4 Limitations of the Hub-and-Spoke Network 43

Chapter 3: Airline Schedule Planning Decisions 46

3.1 Definitions 46

3.2 Relationships among Scheduling Decisions 51

Chapter 4: Measures of Performance 66

4.1 Operating Cost 66

4.2 Revenue or Income 66

4.3 Net Income (Net profit) and Operating Profit 67

4.4 Flights 68

4.5 Available Seat Miles 69

4.6 Cost per Available Seat Miles (CASM) 71

4.7 CASM-EX or CASM-EX Fuel 72

4.8 Passengers 73

4.9 Revenue Passenger Miles (RPM) 74

4.10 Total Revenue per Available Seat Mile (TRASM or simply RASM) 75

4.11 Passenger Revenue per Available Seat Mile (PRASM) 77

4.12 Passenger Yield 77

4.13 Average Load Factor (LF) 77

4.14 Block Hours 81

4.15 Aircraft Utilization 81

4.16 Stage Length 82

4.17 On Time Performance Measures 82

4.18 Aircraft Lifecycle 82

4.19 Aircraft Number and Diversification 83

Chapter 5: Freedoms of Air Service 87

Chapter 6: Slot Availability 92

6.1 Level 1 Airports 92

6.2 Level 2 Airports 93

6.3 Level 3 Airports 94

Section 2 99

Chapter 7: Feasibility of a New Route 100

7.1 Business Plan 100

7.2 Application of Feasibility Study on a New Airline Route 110

Chapter 8: Market Share Models 121

8.1 What is a Model? 121

8.2 Model and Historical Data 122

8.3 Model Development Example 122

8.4 Categorical Dependent Variable 126

8.5 Introduction to Discrete Choice Models 127

8.6 Itinerary Choice Models 130

8.7 Applying Itinerary Choice Models: An Example 136

Chapter 9: Profitability Forecasting Models 141

9.1 Introduction 141

9.2 Model Input 143

9.3 Itinerary Builder Module 144

9.4 How the Model Works? 145

9.5 Load Factor, Market Share and Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) 145

Chapter 10: Partnership Agreements 148

10.1 Introduction 148

10.2 Regional Airlines 148

10.3 Code-share Agreements 150

10.4 Airline Alliances 151

10.5 Distribution Channels and Point of Sale 152

10.6 Loyalty Programs 153

10.7 Corporate Travel 154

Section 3 155

Chapter 11: Basic Fleet Assignment Model (FAM) 156

11.1 Introduction 156

11.2 Graphical Representation: Time-Staggered Diagram 158

11.3 Problem Input 163

11.4 Problem Definition and Formulation 165

11.5 The Constraints of the Basic Fleet Assignment Problem 167

Chapter 12: A Walk-Through Example of the Basic Fleet Assignment Model 171

12.1 Problem Definition 171

12.2 The Objective Function 174

12.3 The Constraints 175

12.4 Interconnection nodes 180

Chapter 13: Application of the Basic Fleet Assignment Model 191

13.1 Introduction 191

13.2 Problem Input 191

13.3 Setting the Problem in Excel Solver 202

13.4 Solution Interpretation 211

13.5 Resources Constraints 213

13.6 Additional Constraints 216

Section 4 218

Chapter 14: The Schedule Adjustment Problem 219

14.1 Introduction 219

14.2 Schedule Adjustment Decisions 219

14.3 Problem Formulation 220

Chapter 15: Examples on the Schedule Adjustment Problem 223

15.1 Flight Deletion 223

15.2 Flight Addition 234

15.3 Flight Departure Time 244

Section 5 252

Chapter 16: Itinerary-based Fleet Assignment Model (IFAM) 253

16.1 Introduction 253

16.2 Spill Cost Estimates and Network Effect 254

16.3 Demand Recapture 256

16.4 The Flight-Itinerary Interaction 258

16.5 The Itinerary-Based Fleet Assignment Problem 261

Chapter 17: Example on IFAM 262

17.1 Problem Definition 262

17.2 The Constraints of the IFAM Example 265

17.3 The Objective Function 266

17.4 Problem Solution 280

Chapter 18: Comparing FAM and IFAM 288

18.1 Problem Definition 288

18.2 Problem Solution 295

Section 6 300

Chapter 19: Integrated Schedule Design with the Itinerary-based Fleet Assignment Model (ISD-IFAM) 301

Introduction 301

19.1 Example of Demand and Supply Interactions 301

19.2 Aspects of Demand-Supply Interactions: Demand Correction Factors 303

19.3 The Schedule Design and Adjustment Problem 307

Chapter 20: Example on ISD-IFAM 310

20.1 Problem Definition 310

20.2 The Constraints of the Problem 313

20.3 The Objective Function 314

20.4 Problem Solving 339

20.5 Solution Interpretation 341

20.6 Changing the Operation Cost 349

Section 7 360

Chapter 21: Schedule Robustness 361

21.1 Introduction 361

21.2 Less-Prone-to-Disruptions Schedules: The concept of adding slack times 361

21.3 Recoverable Flight Schedules 367

References 375