A version of this article appears in the September 15 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Manufacturing ramp-ups can be tricky, as the global commercial-aircraft industry well remembers from the great Boeing production foul-up of 1997. After trying to increase its delivery rates far faster than suppliers could handle, the manufacturer had to take the drastic steps of halting the 737 assembly line and suspending 747 production altogether. Seventeen years later, Boeing has booked ...


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