Modelling overbookings on air cargo transportation

Singhaseni, C., Wu, Y. and Ojiako, U. (2013) Modelling overbookings on air cargo transportation International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 43, (8), pp. 638-656. (doi:10.1108/IJPDLM-11-2011-0201).


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Purpose: in order to hedge against fluctuation in actual “show” for air freight services, cargo airlines engage in the allocation of more space capacity than they actually have. This practice can lead to overbooking of capacity which can incur costs to the airline when a cargo does show that is larger than predicted. In this study, the authors set out to model an optimised value for air cargo booking which is tested against five different cargo case?representative scenarios. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach: the methodology which is primarily discursive utilises a synthesis of existing literature to develop a model to replicate the overbooking problem.

Findings: this paper finds that the optimised value of cargo size may not necessarily depend on the probability of actual “show”. Instead, this variation appears dependent on a random demand for larger sized cargo, and thus, price.

Practical implications: the model which is developed serves as a potential framework for airlines to avoid uncertainty associated with cargo capacity spoilage and overbooking.

Originality/value: in this study, the passenger overbooking model under the cancellation and no?show problems in the static single leg case was adapted for use during the modelling of air cargo overbooking

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1108/IJPDLM-11-2011-0201
ISSNs: 0960-0035 (print)

Organisations: Centre of Excellence for International Banking, Finance & Accounting
ePrint ID: 336445
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Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 09:21
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 17:22
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