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Modeling Applications in the Airline Industry


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Contents: Introduction to airline management; Section I Demand Modeling and Forecasting: Modeling the choice of travel options; Passenger demand modeling and forecasting. Section II Scheduling of Resources: Fleet assignment; Aircraft routing; Crew planning; Gate assignment; Baggage handling; Flight planning and fuel management. Section III Revenue Management: Introduction to revenue management; Demand forecasting for revenue management; No-show rate and overbooking; Seat inventory control for flight-based revenue management systems; Seat inventory control for network-based revenue management systems; Ticket distribution; Sales contracts; Code-share agreements. Section IV Irregular Operations Management: Ground delay programs and collaborative decision making; Impact of disruptions on air carrier schedule; Airline schedule recovery; Index

About the Author

Ahmed Abdelghany is an Assistant Professor at the College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to this he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks. He worked for four years as a Senior Analyst within the information services division of United Airlines, Chicago. Ahmed holds a Doctorate Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Civil Engineering (2001) and a Master's Degree in Transportation Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt (1996). He has published in the areas of transportation planning, simulation, operations research, logistics, and airline management. Khaled Abdelghany is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He teaches and pursues research in the areas of transportation systems planning and operations management. He also worked as part of the information services division of United Airlines. During his tenure at UA, he was involved in the development of optimization models in the area of airline operation planning and irregular operation management. His research has been published within the Transportation Research Records, Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, Journal of Air Transport Management, Annals of Operations Research and European Journal of Operational Research.


'While the title suggests this book is only for mathematicians and operational researchers, the clarity of the explanations of the many fascinating problems and issues in this field, make it a rewarding book for anyone with a keen interest in the airline industry. It covers the areas of demand forecasting, scheduling, revenue management and irregular operations.' Aerospace Professional, September 2011

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