We are not the first to suggest that at this stage in its evolution, the commercial air transport manufacturing industry appears to have become a zero sum affair, a game of seesaw in which one side has to sink down in order for the other to rise up. Thus as Airbus confronts a wave of bad news including extensive new A380 delivery delays and potentially harmful operating restrictions when the aircraft enters service, uncertainty regarding the A350, and slack sales across its product line (see ...

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