US civil aircraft sales will total $49.68 billion in 2011, up 3.1% year-over-year, and rise another 4.1% in 2012 to $51.71 billion, the US Aerospace Industries Assn. (AIA) said Wednesday in releasing its annual forecast. Civil sales are buttressing a US aerospace manufacturing sector that expects reduced sales next year in other sectors, including defense and space, AIA president and CEO Marion Blakey said. The US aerospace industry will have total sales of $218.08 billion in 2011, the ...

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