Aviation’s second golden age: Can the US aircraft industry maintain leadership?

The US commercial aircraft industry’s stocktaking of its long-term competitiveness comes at a time of revived interest in strengthening the nation’s industrial sector. Critical to achieving this is building a coordinated front among the private sector, educational institutions and government to re-tool an industrial workforce with the skills and technologies to compete and innovate globally. The need for such collaboration becomes more urgent as the US commercial aircraft industry faces competition from countries with ambitious and aggressive industrial policies already swiftly afoot.

Looming questions:

  • What more can the commercial aircraft industry do to collaborate with the public sector and educational institutions to nurture needed talent?
  • How can US companies remain at the vanguard of innovation—and concurrently meet demanding production rates?
  • What are US companies doing to maintain leadership as foreign commercial aviation programs mature?

This paper explores the advancements and policies needed to help the US commercial aircraft industry thrive as it wades into this era of mounting competition and high stakes.