Airbus has reached the most critical phase of early A350 production with the start of final assembly. Building the initial wings has already proved to be more challenging than anticipated. But more risks lie ahead. “Can I be absolutely confident that we will not have further delays? Absolutely not,” EADS CEO Thomas Enders concedes. “We are not meeting the plans we had.” Airbus did not outsource key components as extensively as Boeing did on the 787, but it is still very much reliant on ...


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