Air cargo operations : Literature review and comparison with practices

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-280
Journal / PublicationTransportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies
Online published24 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


This study reviews the literature on air cargo operations and compares theoretical studies with the practical problems of airlines, freight forwarders, and terminal service providers. In particular, we review studies in which mathematical models were used to identify the essential characteristics of air cargo operations, such as the intrinsic differences from passenger operations, and to explore the service processes in air cargo operations. The typical models used in previous studies are summarized. We then highlight the insightful findings from an industrial interview and present the gaps between previous research and practical realities. We finally discuss the new research opportunities of air cargo operations according to the gaps.

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  • Air cargo, Decision model, Service supply chain, Transportation