At 50, Airbus is comfortable in its middle age. Led by a new, streamlined executive committee headed by a new CEO, the company has its own identity and the jabs at “our friends in Seattle” have all but disappeared. The A300 program was launched at the end of May 1969, putting a new player in the airliner market. What really transformed Airbus’ fortunes, however, was the A320 family that goes head to head with the Boeing 737 in almost every narrowbody competition. Fast ...

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