SENIOR AIRBUS EXECUTIVES gathered at the manufacturer's headquarters here earlier this year for a high-level meeting on the revamped A350 XWB. As they discussed how the aircraft would be constructed at sites across Europe, a chart was displayed. EADS CEO and then-Airbus CEO Louis Gallois quickly noticed it contained images of flags denoting France, Germany, Spain and the UK. Gallois, who took the helm of the troubled company last October following the resignations of two CEOs in three ...

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