Criteria for Applying Commercial Aircraft Warranties in USAF Aircraft Purchases
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The Commander of Air Force Systems Command stated that the Air Force shall use commercial practices whenever possible. This thesis examines the airlines criteria in evaluating warranties to determine if these commercial practices can be used by Air Force buying activities. Criteria to evaluate warranties were obtained from the trunk airlines through interviews and a questionnaire. The airlines rankings of the criteria were compared to rankings by Aeronautical Systems Division ASD contracting experts. The results showed that the airlines and the Air Force emphasize different factors in evaluating warranties. The greatest difference was found to be the emphasis place on cost effectiveness of a warranty by the ASD experts compared to the lack of emphasis on this factor by the airline experts. The results also show that Air Force contracting experts have a false perception of airline practices in evaluating aircraft warranties.
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