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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Öhman, Mikael
dc.contributor.author Hiltunen, Markus
dc.contributor.author Virtanen, Kai
dc.contributor.author Holmström, Jan
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-30T08:19:01Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-30T08:19:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-03
dc.identifier.citation Öhman , M , Hiltunen , M , Virtanen , K & Holmström , J 2021 , ' Frontlog scheduling in aircraft line maintenance : From explorative solution design to theoretical insight into buffer management ' , Journal of Operations Management , vol. 67 , no. 2 , pp. 120-151 . https://doi.org/10.1002/joom.1108 en
dc.identifier.issn 0272-6963
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dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/61794
dc.description.abstract Based on a multi-year research engagement with practice, we present a novel solution design for frontlog scheduling in aircraft line maintenance and offer theoretical insights into buffer management in operations. The field problem of the case airline was to improve departure reliability for long-haul aircraft without increasing maintenance resources, and without using backup aircraft. Frontlog scheduling is the purposeful introduction of over-maintenance as a buffer of maintenance tasks that can be opportunistically postponed. A detailed simulation of the solution introduced in the airline's operations indicates a performance frontier shift, concurrently improving departure reliability, and reducing maintenance cost. We position the novel practice in operations and maintenance management literature, arguing that the frontlog creates a new type of time buffer, available in contexts where capacity serves predictable as well as unpredictable demand. Further theoretical elaboration leads us to reconceptualize buffer management along time and capacity dimensions, reducing inventory to a special case of time buffering. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Operations Management en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.title Frontlog scheduling in aircraft line maintenance en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
dc.contributor.department Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis
dc.subject.keyword aircraft line maintenance
dc.subject.keyword buffer management
dc.subject.keyword design science
dc.subject.keyword frontlog scheduling
dc.subject.keyword performance frontier
dc.subject.keyword simulation
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-2020113020639
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/joom.1108
dc.type.version publishedVersion

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