BOY, WERE WE WRONG! AFTER Airbus and Boeing booked more than 2,000 orders in 2005, the consensus view was that the industry would experience a significant falloff in ordering activity in 2006. This was an opinion shared not only by aerospace analysts but among senior managers at both airframe OEMs. "We probably won't get as many orders this year as last year," Boeing Chairman President and CEO Jim McNerney said in January 2006 and similar words were spoken in Toulouse (ATW, 3/06, p. ...

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