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New project to investigate increasing airline efficiency

Published: 22 January 2013Origin: Southampton Management School

How can airlines save money and burn less fuel by being more efficient in the way they schedule their planes and crew on routes around the world?

Dr Günes Erdogan from the Southampton Management School has been awarded a £18,316 grant from the University's Annual Adventures in Research (AAIR) scheme to help him answer these questions.

His research project ‘Sustainable aircrew management planning through joint fleet assignment and crew pairing' will use publicly-available European aviation data to develop an algorithm to tackle the issue and apply it to real-life situations.

"This is a problem that has been considered before but previous attempts have been unsuccessful," explains Günes.  "It is worth tackling again because if we can manage to fly the same number of people on fewer planes, using less fuel, there are considerable savings to be made.

The grant will enable a postdoctoral researcher to be employed to assist with the research.

Günes colleagues from the Management School Dr Marta Degl'Innocenti and Dr Nor Shaipah Abdul Wahab have also both been awarded small pump-priming grants, funded jointly by the AAIR and the University of Southampton's Faculty of Business and Law.

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