Boeing and Safran are forming a joint venture to design, build and service auxiliary power units (APU), marking a surprise development in the U.S. manufacturer’s accelerating initiative to increase vertical integration across its business sectors. The move, which is expected to be finalized in the second half of this year, pitches Boeing into head-to-head competition with the industry’s top two APU providers, Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney, and takes the ...

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