This week Flight International
asks now that flight-testing is underway on the 787, can Boeing's supply chain cope with inevitable changes?
Long before production breakdowns and design glitches consumed Boeing
programme, a sudden and chronic shortage of fasteners seemed the next-generation airliner's biggest schedule concern. Widespread shortages of specially designed bolts, rivets and nut-plates needed to fasten the 787's all-composite fuselage ranked among the two chief problems that Boeing blamed for the initial delay in September 2007. Read more...
We also look at:
- A400M for USA: EADS US boss says lack of options will eventually force Air Force to turn to European airlifter
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