A Model for the Airlines' Fuel Management Strategies

This paper presents a model for the airlines' optimal fuel ferrying strategies. The model determines the optimal amount of fuel to be loaded at each airport for a given aircraft route. The problem is formulated using mathematical programming with an objective function that captures the tradeoff between fuel cost savings associated with loading excess fuel at airports with lower fuel prices, and extra fuel burn costs and maintenance costs associated with flying with heavier fuel weights. Five sets of experiments are designed to examine the potential benefits and limitations associated with using fuel ferrying as a cost cutting strategy. Different fuel price scenarios and various operational conditions for the flights are considered. In the experiments, the single stage and the multi stage ferry fuel strategies are compared with the no ferry scenario. The percentage savings in fuel cost and percentage increase in amount of consumed fuel, due to flying a heavier aircraft, are presented.

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  • Authors:
    • Abdelghany, Khaled
    • Abdelghany, Ahmed F
    • Raina, Sidhartha
  • Publication Date: 2005-7


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  • Accession Number: 01002234
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2005 3:40PM