There is excitement as new aircraft types such as the Airbus A350, Boeing 787 and Bombardier CSeries come on line or at least into view. New technologies promise cleaner, more full-efficient travel and the ability to reap even bigger gains when traffic-management fully exploits GPS. But along with placing orders, airlines must make another very important decision. Over 20 years of flying, the maintenance of new jets can total 20% of airline costs, more than the 15% required for aircraft ...

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