Airbus Preparing Supply Chain As Mobile Plant Construction Set To Begin

By Michael Mecham
Source: Aviation Daily

Eccleston notes a difference between Airbus’s approach to suppliers from that of its rival, Boeing: the U.S. manufacturer offers more detailed instructions. “Unfortunately, that difference in supply chain philosophy came back to bite us” in the initial days of the A350 program with Spirit AeroSystems, says Eccleston. Wichita-based Spirit makes fuselage sections and wing leading edges in Kinston, N.C.

Spirit’s struggles with deliveries prompted Airbus to step in with management oversight; the company is now “back on track,” Eccleston says.

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