Process improvement of global supply chain of commercial aircraft operations

Safinaz Elhadary, Omar Ashour

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Abstract

Air transportation demand is predicted to double by 2037. As a result, the demand for new commercial aircraft has reached historic records reaching 10k aircrafts in the next 10 years. Top-tier suppliers of aircraft engine parts are distributed over various countries in Asia and the Middle East. These suppliers ship their parts to be assembled in the USA. When a part is critical to the manufacturer, it is flagged and placed on a priority list to alert the supplier. High priority part needs to be shipped on the next flight out (NFO). If an NFO shipment doesn’t arrive to the USA within 3 days, production lines may shut down, which results in unfulfilled demands. This can cause the aircraft engine provider to pay millions of dollars in compensations. It was found that 60% of the NFO shipments have a transit time of 4 days or more for the provider understudy. The purpose of this research paper is to investigate the supply chain in order to decrease the transit time of NFO shipments using process improvement principles. After further investigation, it was discovered that about 35% of the current average transit time was spent on waiting at the shipping and receiving country’s airports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 IISE Annual Conference
EditorsL. Cromarty, R. Shirwaiker, P. Wang
PublisherInstitute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, IISE
Pages1449-1454
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781713827818
StatePublished - 2020
Event2020 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, IISE 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Nov 1 2020Nov 3 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2020 IISE Annual Conference

Conference

Conference2020 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, IISE 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period11/1/2011/3/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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