Vertical integration is not a new idea in aerospace. The United Aircraft and Transport Corp. comprised complete aircraft manufacturing capability until it was broken up into what would become Boeing, United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and United Airlines in 1934. For much of the Jet Age, aircraft OEMs were vertically integrated, but in the 1990s, outsourcing and Tier 1 supply-chain strategies took hold.  After that era of outsourcing, the pendulum once again is swinging in the direction ...

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