Five years ago, the airline industry was buzzing with claims of 20% savings on aircraft purchasing by shrinking the multitude of options offered to and demanded by airlines when ordering aircraft. Today, with acquisition costs and airline yields moving in opposite directions, the need for standardization and simplification is more pressing than ever. Yet progress remains slow, and what has been achieved is being driven more by manufacturers eager to pare costs and complexity out of the ...

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