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Airline Distribution

  • Dirk Gunther
  • Richard Ratliff
  • Abdoul Sylla
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Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 169)

Abstract

Air travel distribution is concerned with all tasks and processes surrounding the sale of airline seats to travelers. Today, international air travel distribution is a US $500 billion per year industry around a complex network of suppliers, travelers and intermediaries; industry passenger sales are growing at over 7% per year (IATA 2008). On a business level, airlines try to identify those paths in the network that give them the lowest cost access to the highest yielding customer base. On the other hand, customers try to identify the paths that allow them to purchase the air travel products (i.e. the airline seat and other related sales such as in-flight shopping) that best meet their needs at the lowest prices. Operations research models are used in many phases of the air travel process to optimize distribution decisions for airlines, customers and other air travel intermediaries.

Keywords

Travel Agency Revenue Management Most Favored Nation Aggregate Network Ticket Sale 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LLCWillowgateDallasUSA

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