It may be news in North America, where record nominal fuel prices have eclipsed four years worth of financial, labor and operational restructuring efforts at US legacy carriers, but the world airline industry is feeling more bullish about the future than at any time since the end of the last millennium. The proof: A surge in aircraft orders that should make 2005 the best sales year for Airbus and Boeing since at least 2000. If there is any truth to the old cliche that airlines order in the ...

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