Airbus COO Fabrice Bregier, speaking on French radio last week, said that the delays Airbus experienced on the A380 program and Boeing now is experiencing with the 787 actually bode well for the manufacturers because the problems demonstrate to upstart aircraft makers in Russia, China and elsewhere that entry into the large aircraft market is nearly impossible. The delays ensure "that 10 years from now, Boeing and Airbus. . .will still be the two major global players in the industry. There ...

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