Increased OEM involvement in aftermarket prompts questions about competitive balance
Competition concerns erupt among manufacturers, airlines and aftermarket service providers when talking about the increasing involvement of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in the aftermarket. This topic spurred much debate during Aviation Week's MRO Europe Conference in Madrid Sept. 27-29. Arne Lewis, an associate technical fellow at Boeing, emphasizes that OEMs control intellectual property that can drive down maintenance costs through reliability and design data. “These ...
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