Pratt & Whitney’s announcement in June that it is opening a new 600,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in New Hampshire to support the ramp-up of its new engine line was not unusual. What is different is that the facility will be operated by a third-party logistics provider—in this case, UPS. Like other industries in which service is critical, the MRO side of commercial aviation has traditionally operated its own facilities and managed its own logistics. Given the cost of an ...

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