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Aviation 3 Pages

Delta Blue Case Analysis


Delta Blue Airlines operates a commuter flight between Charlotte and Philadelphia.  The plane holds 30 passengers in Economy and 6 passengers in First Class.  The airline makes a $100 profit on each passenger in Economy and $200 per passenger in First Class on the flight.  When Delta Blue takes 30 Economy reservations and 6 First Class for the flight, experience has shown that on average, two passengers do not show up for each class.  As a result, Delta Blue is averaging 28 Economy passengers and 4 First Class passengers with a profit of 28*$100 + 4*$200 = $3600 per flight.  The airline operations office has asked for an evaluation of an overbooking strategy where they would accept 32 Economy reservations and up to 8 First Class reservations even though the airplane holds only 30 Economy and 6 First class passengers.  The probability distribution for the number of passengers showing up with the new overbooking reservations policy is as follows:

# of Passengers Showing up For Economy  Probability

# of Passengers Showing up For First Class  Probability

The airline will incur a cost for any passenger denied seating on the flight. This cost covers added expenses of rescheduling the passenger as well as loss of goodwill, estimated to be $150 per Economy passenger and $300 per First Class passenger.  On the other hand, if there are First Class seats available, they move up Economy passengers to First Class.  When this happens, they believe there is a positive goodwill “cost” of $200.  Build a simulation model in an Excel file that will model the performance of the overbooking system.  Model 500 flights.  And answer the following questions.

  1. What is the mean profit per flight if overbooking is implemented? 
  2. What percentage of customers will experience an overbooking problem?

Does your model recommend the overbooking strategy


Title: Delta Blue Case Analysis
Length: 3 pages (826 Words)
Style: APA



An investigation on the operation of Delta Blue Airlines through interviewing of staff members and observation techniques indicated passenger reservation as the main problem. Being a managerial problem this paper aims at coming up with possible solutions to the problem. In addition to that, Delta Blue Airlines faces the problem of not maximizing on its profit due to passengers not showing up. From the case study, Delta Blue Airlines suffers problems related to its managerial system.


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