HE LONG-EXPECTED SLOWDOWN IN orders for large transport aircraft finally occurred last year as record fuel prices in the first half followed by the credit collapse and recession reduced the appetite for new lift. Boeing and Airbus received net orders for 1,445 jets, the lowest figure since 2004. In 2007, the two booked orders for 2,754 on a net basis. The impact of slowing traffic growth and the economic downturn appears to be reflected in the decline in ordering activity as 2008 ...

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