Airbus, which officially opened the A350 final assembly line (FAL) on Tuesday alongside a two-day supplier conference, is trying to reassure suppliers and customers that its widebody program remains on track for first flight in the summer of 2013. “Our message is, the program is on plan and the upcoming major milestones will be on plan, too,” Airbus Chief Operating Officer Guenther Butschek said during an inauguration ceremony for the new FAL. Two issues affecting the program have ...


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