I don’t have much experience with cargo, so I may be wrong about this, but it seems that ORS will chose non-optimal routes under a fairly common set of circumstances:
Using identical aircraft… Airline A offers cargo from London to Dubai to Singapore. That’s about 11,000km.Airline B offers cargo from London to LA to Singapore. That’s about 22,000km.
Airline A’s prices are set to 150% of default.Airline B’s prices are set to 100% of default.
ORS will prefer Airline B’s route, even though it will take twice as long and cost approximately 30% more, because the raiting for B will be higher on each leg. I assume there is a penalty to B’s score because of the total duration of the flight, but this won’t overcome the low rating due to the 150% price of A’s routes.
Anyone else notice this or am I mistaken?