I'm still a bit of a novice at AWS. I still don't quite understand optimizing scheduling. Specifically, I don't understand the aircraft scheduling to have a different plane serve the same flight daily. I think this has something to do with flying overnight. I've never been able to figure out how to fly more than 6am to midnight or so.
I see other pros that schedule differently. Obviously I have to have 7 planes fly a rotating weekly schedule, but then do I have to set up a different flight for every day at the same time?
Here's a c&p from my notepad planning, it's for a 7 day ATR schedule for me in DotM.
Mon 715 Orsk 2100 Brno
Tue 615 Kristiansand 1630 Cardiff via RNB
Wed 805 Hanover 1855 Coventry via RNB
Thur 935 Split 2100 Fergana via GUW
Fri 1415 Marsa via TJK
Sat 835 Durham via RNB 2250 Ibiza via PED
Sun 1705 Napoli via Kosice
The times are when the flights depart, and my planning page says how long the flight takes, including the 45 minute turn at the end. Another c&p from my notepad:
--------23-6 Hanover 1050 (1855-1905)
-----Brno 915 (2030-2100)
So Brno takes 915, and I can fly it overnight if I take off between 2030-2100. As I construct my schedule, I'm picking flights out of that big list to fit neatly. So I take off for Brno at 2100, and the next flight can leave at 0615 the next day. I'll use ------ to say I've put the flight on a planned schedule, and usually need to chop & change a little at the end of the week to make it fit neatly. Once I have a neat, 168 hour schedule, I'll schedule it, delete all those new flights from my planning page (haven't yet done this for my last ATR group, hence having it in my notepad), and wait for more planes to do it again.
To schedule it, I set up a flight to Orsk at Monday, 0715, then copy it 6 times to the other days of the week. I set up a flight to Marsa via TJK, monday 1415, then copy that 6 times to the other days of the week. I'll always start on Monday, and I'll go through the schedule in order (makes adding the routes to the schedule easy, I find), so Orsk, then Brno, then Kristiansand, etc. Do that for all of them, and I'll have 84 flights, I then schedule 12 each to each of 7 planes. I've attached a picture of a part of my ATR schedule. It's a different 7 day group to the one above, but it works exactly the same way. As you can see, I have almost zero downtime each week, other than the 5 hours for A-check. Every flight is 45 minutes after the previous one lands.