There's more truth than hyperbole in this observation, as can be demonstrated by comparing the profit margins of a random selection of suppliers to a like number of airlines over, say, a five-year period. Unless a Ryanair, Singapore Airlines or Southwest Airlines ends up in the airline draw, it probably won't even be close. To a large degree, it's the nature of the beast. The companies that earn their money selling products to airlines would never accept the level of losses incurred by ...

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