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  • Airbus's 'Three Strikes, You're Out' Rule
    Posted by Robert Wall 9:58 AM on Apr 24, 2012

    Airbus has been talking a lot in recent months about concerns its suppliers may crack under the pressure of its own production ramp-up and the demand placed on smaller companies by other aircraft makers.

    So if you are a supplier, how do you gauge how you are doing?

    Here’s some advice Airbus executive vice president for programs, Tom Williams, has for companies he works with.

    “If I haven’t visited you, or called you, that’s a good sign.”

    However, he notes, “if I’ve visited you twice or called you twice, that’s a really bad sign because I’ll probably not visit or call a third time.”

    Tags: tw99, Airbus

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