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The Air Cargo Load Planning Problem

Brandt, Felix

Abstract (englisch):
A major operational planning problem in the air cargo industry is how to arrange cargo
in an aircraft to fly safely and profitably. Therefore, a challenging planning puzzle has to
be solved for each flight. Besides its complexity, the planning is mostly done manually
today, which is a time consuming process with uncertain solution quality. The literature
on loading problems in an air cargo context is scarce and the term is used ambiguously for
different subproblems like selecting containers, packing items into containers, or loading
containers into aircraft. All of the presented models only focus on certain aspects of what
is in practice a larger planning problem. Additionally, some practical aspects have not
been covered in the literature.
In this work, we provide a comprehensive overview of the air cargo load planning problem
as seen in the operational practice of our industrial partner. We formalize its requirements
and the objectives of the respective stakeholders. Furthermore, we develop and
evaluate suitable solution approaches. Therefore, we decompose the problem into four
steps: aircraft configuration, build-up scheduling, air cargo palletization, and weight and
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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000075507
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Operations Research (IOR)
Publikationstyp Hochschulschrift
Publikationsjahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator urn:nbn:de:swb:90-755070
KITopen-ID: 1000075507
Verlag Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Umfang V, 166 S.
Art der Arbeit Dissertation
Fakultät Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften (WIWI)
Institut Institut für Operations Research (IOR)
Prüfungsdatum 13.09.2017
Referent/Betreuer Prof. S. Nickel
Schlagwörter Air Cargo, Scheduling, Packing, Weight and Balance, Combinatorial Optimization
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