As large commercial aircraft makers and their top-tier suppliers gear up for increased production rates—and possibly a new midmarket airplane from Boeing, a response from Airbus, and the latter’s A220—the message to current and potential supply-chain providers is simple: bring us cost takeout. According to presentations Feb. 11-14 from Airbus, Boeing and others at the 18th annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference near Seattle, OEMs and Tier 1s are ramping up ...

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