Monday, June 18, 2007

Another Sign of US Decline

Boeing, once unchallengeable, loses out to rival, European Airbus.

Could it be that the hatred which the US has brought upon itself in the Middle East is reflected in these aircraft orders? Or is it just that once an imperialist nation goes into a nosedive everything seems to start falling apart?

June 18, 2007
‘LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Airbus on Monday announced a host of orders for its airplanes to usher in the Paris Air Show, including key deals with US Airways Group and Qatar Airways.
US Airways said it would order 60 single-aisle aircrafts from the A320 family and another 32 wide-body aircraft. US Airways said it will gradually eliminate its fleet of Boeing 737-300s and 737-400s.
Also backing the Airbus A350 XWB program was Qatar Airways, which ordered 80 of that aircraft. The Middle Eastern airline also increased its orders for the A380 superjumbo to five from two.
Kuwait's Jazeera Airways, meanwhile, ordered 30 Airbus A320s.
Emirates Airlines said it was ordering eight more of the A380 superjumbo, bring its order for the aircraft -- which has encountered multiple production and rollout delays -- to 55.’

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