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A Simulation model to improve air cargo operations in passenger aircraft

Miquel Angel Piera Eroles

The 2010 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC 10)
Ottawa, Canada, July 11-14, 2010


In aviation, decision-making process appears almost in any transport related activity: from high level strategic and management decisions like aircraft maintenance and routing policies until low level operational decisions as for example handling and balancing the goods in the aircraft. Despite from a functional point of view all these activities can be considered and tackled in an independent way, there is a high-coupled cause-effect relationship between any non properly chosen decision and the efficiency of the operation. The variety of processes, methods, individuals and organizations, in combination with a lack of methodologies to analyze the behavior of the whole airport operation as a combination of the decision taken in each subsystem (ie. handling, airline and airport managers), can deal with airport delays which have severe cost penalties. In this paper, a causal simulation model platform to improve air cargo performance is presented.

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