The A350 XWB will serve as the paradigm for Airbus's new operational philosophy, with 50% of its production to be outsourced as the company looks to develop a network of risk-sharing development partners as part of the Power8 restructuring plan unveiled yesterday (see story above). "We will turn Airbus into an extended enterprise," EADS co-CEO and Airbus CEO Louis Gallois explained. "The A350 XWB will draw on this new business model as we assign large work packages to Tier 1 suppliers in ...

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