Aircraft Rescheduling with Cruise Speed Control

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Akturk M. S. , ATAMTÜRK A., GÜREL S.

OPERATIONS RESEARCH, vol.62, no.4, pp.829-845, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1287/opre.2014.1279
  • Title of Journal : OPERATIONS RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.829-845


Airline operations are subject to frequent disruptions typically due to unexpected aircraft maintenance requirements and undesirable weather conditions. Recovery from a disruption often involves propagating delays in downstream flights and increasing cruise stage speed when possible in an effort to contain the delays. However, there is a critical trade-off between fuel consumption (and its adverse impact on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions) and cruise speed. Here we consider delays caused by such disruptions and propose a flight rescheduling model that includes adjusting cruise stage speed on a set of affected and unaffected flights as well as swapping aircraft optimally.