MOST AIRLINES EXPECT their inventories of components to decline in 2010 and to make more use of vendor-owned inventories and pools, according to preliminary results of an Aerostrategy-IATA survey. Few doubt the current shift in part stocks upstream in the supply chain, but major questions remain. Is this a long-term trend or a short-term reaction to intense financial pressure? How widely will it affect airlines, especially major carriers? Will most stocks be held by airframe or component ...

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