Airbus believes production improvements will allow it this year to meet or even beat its 20 A380 delivery target, in contrast to missed output goals in previous years. “Last year, we still struggled with where we wanted to be,” says Airbus’s executive vice president for programs, Tom Williams. “I’m pleased to say we are now on the right track,” he adds. The level of outstanding work at the final assembly line is down 50%, the backlog in production drawings has been slashed 80% and ...

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