Aircraft production ramp-ups of any scale are fraught with risk. They require huge investment in production lines, detailed monitoring and organization of supply chains and the ability to juggle in-service support with the priorities of manufacturing. Even if a company manages to handle those challenges, a rare feat in aviation, it still is at the mercy of many factors beyond its control such as a sudden swing in oil prices or a global economic downturn. Consequently, it is not surprising ...

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