Operations Research Problems for Airline Industry: A Literature Survey for Maintenance Routing Problem

Operations Research Problems for Airline Industry: A Literature Survey for Maintenance Routing Problem

Mehmet Anil Sahin (Marmara University, Turkey) and Gulfem Tuzkaya (Marmara University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2990-3.ch007


Maintenance routing is one of the most complicated problems of operations research applications for airline industry. In this study, airline industry operations' main applications and subjects are basically mentioned and literature is briefly reviewed. This study is conducted under the headings of; Fleet Assignment, Aircraft Routing, Maintenance Routing and Crew Scheduling. Additionally, network models are explained basically on an example flight program. This study's purpose is to be a guide for the new researchers of this area through operations research applications for airline industry and to introduce maintenance routing problem literature.
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Operations Research Applications In Airline Industry

Network Models

To provide a visual overview of the problem, usually time-line networks, time-band networks or connection networks are used. These are the most widely used networking types for operations research studies in the area of airline planning. Clausen (2009) explained these most used network models. As an example, a flight plan established for Example Airlines is shown in Table 1. In this table, İstanbul(IST), Ankara(ANK), İzmir(IZM) and Antalya(ANT) have been connected together with specific flights and defined flight times. For Istanbul and Ankara airports, defined turn-around time is 60 minutes. For İzmir and Antalya, defined turn-around time is 30 minutes.

Table 1.
Domestic flights for example airlines
AircraftFlight NumberOrigin CityDestination CityDeparture TimeArrival TimeFlight Duration

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