AS THE INDUSTRY DEBATES THE TITANIC 787 VERSUS A350 XWB battle, it would do well to remember that two of the most successful aircraft programs in history, the 737 and 777, were last out of the blocks. When the 737 was launched, the competing DC-9 and BAC 1-11 were already in flight test, while the 777 was committed to production well after the MD-11 and A340-200/-300 had "sewn up" the market for long-haul 300-seaters. With the latest 787 delay, the gap between it and the A350 has narrowed to ...

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