Testing an AHP model for aircraft spare parts

Ni Putu Ayu Nariswari, David Bamford, Benjamin Dehe

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    This research aims to develop and test a practical and precise multi-criteria classification of aircraft spare part inventory management, using the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), in order to maintain aircraft operational availability and to reduce unnecessary downtime. In this study, a multi-criteria model is developed within a large-scale aircraft maintenance and repair firm in Indonesia. Spare parts data were extracted from the inventory system and analysed to triangulate the model outcome, demonstrate its validity and compare the results against the mathematical results generated by the system’s algorithm. The findings suggest that AHP can lead to a transparent, rapid and systematic classification model, this is highly accurate and precise with an outcome comparable to traditional methods. The conclusion proposes that the AHP classification model is more effective and transparent than the currently available mathematical methods. This research contributes to the development of the multi-criteria inventory classification literature in the context of the aviation industry.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)329-344
    Number of pages16
    JournalProduction Planning and Control
    Issue number4
    Early online date27 Feb 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2019


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