Multi Criteria Supplier Selection for Aircraft Maintenance in Thailand

With severe competition under global uncertainty demands, airlines have to generate new strategies in order to enhance their competitive advantages in the current marketplace. Currently, an individual airline mainly focuses on its existing business function, while impacts from supply chain efficiency have been neglected. Thus, the effective management of aviation supply chain must be considered. Supply chain in aircraft maintenance includes the flow of materials or services from many suppliers through airline maintenance. The airline must fulfill air travelling demand as committed flight schedules. The aircraft maintenance in Thailand is different than airlines in US or Europe. In the US or Europe, several suppliers and repair shops are located near airlines. Part purchasing and repairing lead-time is shorter as well as costs are lower. In Thailand, the procurement lead time is longer while manpower costs are cheaper. Consequently, important factors which impact aircraft maintenance performance are identified as well as a proper supplier selection model is developed. Initially, requirement for spare parts are generated using flight schedules to obtain aircraft maintenance tasks. Later, a multi-criteria portfolio for supplier selection by considering cost, lead-time, and the quality is calculated. The maintenance managers can apply this technique to help them effectively deal with suppliers. Finally, the multi-criteria portfolio for supplier selection as a decision support tool is implemented in the actual airline case.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 61-69
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2013: Trade, Supply Chain Activities and Transport: Contemporary Logistics and Maritime Issues

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01495928
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623677677
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 11 2013 8:46PM