Both Airbus and Boeing declared that they each exceeded commercial aircraft net orders and operational delivery performance targets in 2017. The numbers would indicate far more evidence of an industry inflection point at-hand, one that has continued implications for the collective industry supply chain ecosystem for the next several years.
Product Lifecycle Management
Supply Chain Matters calls reader attention to a frontpage report by The Wall Street Journal that questions whether Apple’s CEO, and the company’s supply chain, have stumbled in shipping products on-time to expected market availability.
Electric car icon manufacturer Tesla reported Q4-2017 automobile vehicle production and delivery performance this week with rather mixed messages as to overall operational and supply chain performance. That included rather disappointing news concerning the production ramp-up of the all-important, higher-volume Model 3 sedan.
By taking overt trade action against Bombardier, it would appear that Boeing squandered the opportunity that Airbus executed this week in landing a Delta Airlines deal for upwards of 200 new A321 aircraft, and in adding a solid future for the Airbus Mobile Alabama production facility.
This is a follow-up to our prior November Supply Chain Matters blog commentary: Tesla’s Electric Truck- Brilliance or More Challenge and Distraction, the unveiling of Tesla’s long-rumored Class 8 semitrailer truck. This week provides added good and not-so-good news related to this innovative new electrically-powered vehicle.