Thesis on Lean Six Sigma in Line Maintenance — related to aviation industry

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    Hi All,

    I am currently a master’s student in Air Transport Management. For my dissertation I have chosen the following topic
    ” Application of Lean Six Sigma in Line maintenance: To study labour productivity and associated KPI’s “

    My thesis aim is to analyse the labour productivity and how the implementation of Lean six sigma can improve the labour productivity. As of now I am doing literature review and in few weeks I will approach an airline to collect the data related to line maintenance.

    Since its a college related work, I will be only focussing on the methodology and not the implementation part. But I will do “What-If” analysis to see the effects of lean six sigma implementation/

    I would appreciate any suggestions/advice/comments on the above topic and how to proceed with the methodology.

    Thanks a lot.



    Rob Fioto

    Hello Srinivasan,

    AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) loaned several MBBs to Airlines and military flight groups. There are also several airlines running LSS programs. The nice part about your topic is that the data is publically available. All airlines are required to report operational data to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

    One of the MBBs working a similar project at Honeywell was Vinny Tuccillo ( ). He is now the VP of LSS for Honeywell. We worked a few projects with American, Delta, AWA (now US Airways) and the Air Force. The FAA can also provide you with the baseline data for the past 10-15 years. Also, Boeing has a LSS group. They were very open to collaboration as well.

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