A Literary Survey on the U.S. Airline Maintenance Outsourcing: Technology, Economics, and Politics Perspectives

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Linfeng Jin
Chien-tsung Lu


This study examines the U.S. airline maintenance outsourcing- a common business phenomenon in the post-1978 deregulated airline industry. Over the years, there have been several fatal accidents in the U.S. linked to airline maintenance outsourcing, and it has caught the attention of the government and general public. This paper went over the complex airline maintenance outsourcing factors from technology, economics, and political tripartite perspectives. And suggestions for the airlines, the regulators and the legislators are made in the end.

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