Real-time cost management of aircraft operations

Geoff Burrows, Christine A. Brown, Trevor W. Thom, John M.C. King, John Frearson

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Abstract

An unheralded development in aviation technology has been the evolution of aircraft control systems which enable pilots to engage, in real-time, in the cost management of aircraft operations. Drawing on the specialist aviation literature, we examine the properties of, and potential behavioural problems associated with, the cost-minimization 'menus' provided in the flight management (cockpit computer) systems of modern commercial airliners. We also analyse problematic measurement issues associated with a key input into these systems, the so-called 'cost index', a ratio capturing relevant-cost information. Using realistic simulations, our analysis provides an unusually detailed description of cost-driver and cost-behaviour information in a non-manufacturing setting in which participants have significant discretion in relation to the employment of cost-optimizing solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-298
Number of pages18
JournalManagement Accounting Research
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

Keywords

  • Airline industry
  • cost drivers
  • optimization techniques

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Burrows, Geoff ; Brown, Christine A. ; Thom, Trevor W. ; King, John M.C. ; Frearson, John. / Real-time cost management of aircraft operations. In: Management Accounting Research. 2001 ; Vol. 12, No. 3. pp. 281-298.
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Burrows, G, Brown, CA, Thom, TW, King, JMC & Frearson, J 2001, 'Real-time cost management of aircraft operations', Management Accounting Research, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 281-298. https://doi.org/10.1006/mare.2001.0162

Real-time cost management of aircraft operations. / Burrows, Geoff; Brown, Christine A.; Thom, Trevor W.; King, John M.C.; Frearson, John.

In: Management Accounting Research, Vol. 12, No. 3, 01.01.2001, p. 281-298.

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