From commercial airline fleet renewal through fighter procurement challenges to industry consolidation in the face of budget pressures, 2014 looks certain to be a pivotal year for aerospace and defense. Here are 12 areas to keep an eye on.
Boeing's 787 program was thrown into chaos a year ago by lithium-ion battery fires. With the subsequent grounding and a string of reliability issues, the aircraft's first full year of service was a troubled one. As 787-8 deliveries ramp up, the stretched -9 enters service and the -10 continues in development, 2014 will be a pivotal year.