AMID SIGNS THAT THE ECONOMIC downturn bottomed out last autumn and is turning upward, the world aerospace community will assemble at this month's Singapore Airshow (Feb. 2-7). Among the biggest questions about the 2010 event is how much new commercial business will take place among the palm fronds, particularly with the airline industry still mired in red ink and worried about excess capacity. Boeing reported net jet orders of just 142 aircraft last year, a 78% drop from 662 in 2008. ...

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