Airline scheduling is a complex process. The conventional way of scheduling is to use outputs from one stage as inputs of a following stage from fleet assignment, aircraft routing, crew pairing, then crew rostering. A major challenge in this conventional scheduling practice is the measurement of the operational performance of a schedule plan. Without detailed costing and simulation, current practices in the industry is commonly to benchmark the performance (e.g. on-time performance) against an arbitrarily chosen target. Thus, this project is to improve upon this industry practice and improve how airlines benchmark schedules and actual performance.
Dr Cheng-Lung (Richard) Wu