Next-generation aircraft built with composite primary structures will make up a larger part of the global fleet in the next couple of decades, but they will represent a smaller percentage of airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) expenditures. By 2031, the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350XWB will make up 50% of the small- and medium-size, twin-aisle fleet, David Stewart, a VP at ICF SH&E, said at Aviation Week’s MRO Europe conference this week in Madrid. “But they will only ...

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