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Aircraft orders can distort economic data. They also propel a lot of economic activity.

Sep 27, 2023
Their volatility can overshadow broader trends. But those orders are just the start of a long, expansive manufacturing supply chain.
While aircraft orders jump around month to month, the supply chain, which involves thousands of companies, never stops.
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About one third of the 737 aircraft that Boeing builds are bought by Chinese customers.
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Manufacturing is humming. Can parts suppliers keep up?

Sep 6, 2018
Orders fluctuate month to month in most major manufacturing industries. U.S. aerospace has been in a peacetime boom, but it’s getting harder to deliver, as July data may reveal. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.