Airbus, suppliers try to balance development and production focus
All eyes are on Airbus as it prepares the A350 for first flight, but the aircraft maker is putting at least as much attention on ensuring it can handle the steep production ramp-up due shortly afterward. That focus has filtered through across the supply chain. Rolls-Royce, the A350's longtime engine supplier, is trying to iron out manufacturing problems now to help de-risk the rapid increase in output that is expected to be much steeper on the TrentXWB engine than the Trent 1000 for ...
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