Sales are soaring for commercial airplane manufacturers. The two largest, Airbus and Boeing, have a combined backlog of 10,000 aircraft worth nearly $1 trillion.
That’s good news for American suppliers and the transporation and logistics providers that each year ship millions of airplane parts by truck, rail and ship before the finished product takes to the skies.
Airplanes and airplane parts are the largest U.S. export by revenue in 14 states, according to U.S. Census Bureau data compiled by the cost-estimating website Fixr.com.
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Globally, the United States is the top exporter of aircraft and aircraft parts, accounting for 36.6% of all trade in the industry in 2012, according to the the International Trade Centre (and reported by Quartz).
Most of those exports come from Boeing, America’s largest exporter, whose supply chain is as global as its list of customers.
For example, building the Boeing 787 involved dozens of suppliers from 10 countries.
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