As Airbus and Boeing weigh decisions on boosting output, they typically point to the supply chain as one of the main brakes on building more airliners. But these concerns go beyond merely overstretching the industrial capacities of the second- and third-tier manufacturers. The shape and financial health of the network also remain issues. Material resource constraints are another potential bottleneck, notes Tom Williams, Airbus executive vice president for programs. Airbus, ...
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