Airbus parent EADS' board gave its approval late Friday for the industrial launch of the A350 XWB, the first of which will enter service in 2013. The decision followed months of debate over the midsize long-range aircraft program's viability and funding. A statement issued by Airbus gave little detail on financing. EADS Co-CEO and Airbus President and CEO Louis Gallois said earlier last week that 50% of the aircraft's production would be outsourced to keep costs down (ATWOnline, Nov. 30). ...

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