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Manpower Planning in Airlines: Modeling and Optimization
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Crew costs are one of the largest expenses for airlines and effective manpower planning is therefore important to maximize profit. The focus of research in the field of manpower planning for airlines has mainly been on the scheduling of crew, while other areas, surprisingly, have received very little attention. This thesis provides an overview of some of the other problems facing manpower planners, such as designing a career ladder, planning transitions and making course schedules.

Mathematical models are presented for some of theses problems, and for the problem of allocating training and vacation in time the mathematical model has been tested on data from SAS Scandinavian Airlines. When allocating training and vacation there are many aspects to consider, such as avoiding crew shortage, access to resources needed for training, and vacation laws. Comparisons between solutions obtained with the model and SAS Scandinavian Airlines manual plan show encouraging results with savings around 10%.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 69 p.
Manpower planning, Airlines, Optimization, Training allocation
National Category
Mathematics Computational Mathematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14757ISRN: LiTH-MAT-EX--2008/13--SEOAI: diva2:37669
Available from: 2008-12-05 Created: 2008-09-23 Last updated: 2008-12-05Bibliographically approved

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