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Getting it together

  • Magazine Feature Article
  • AEROAPR09_03
Published April 01, 2009 by SAE International in United States
  • English

The manufacture and assembly of today's aircraft must be in line with market needs and emerging technologies in a challenging business environment.

Just twelve months ago, nobody in the sector could have expected such a rapid downward economic spiral to take hold across the whole aerospace community.

At the start of 2008 the world's leading aircraft manufacturers were struggling to meet outstanding customer delivery demands, with a backlog of new airline orders stretched to over 7000 airplanes.