Major tweaking of supply chains and assembly
When you have a backlog of aircraft orders like Airbus and Boeing—6700 and 5800 respectively—and you can only build and deliver on the order of 50 or so a month, it doesn’t take a genius to see that manufacturing needs to be badly sped up to meet demand.
Not only is assembly of the aircraft slow but also supply chains bringing in essential parts for final assembly are snail-like as well.
Case in point, Pratt & Whitney’s new geared turbofan jet engines, scheduled to reach 1,200 engines annually by 2020 and intended for the Airbus A320neo, were delayed from last fall until next January. So, forget about the glories of 1,200 engines until one can be fabricated and delivered on time.
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