After celebrating a bumper year in 2005, Rolls-Royce is pushing ahead with a huge program of reorganization to capitalize on its increasingly strong global position and secure its long-term stability.
EADS executives can talk all they want about refusing to allow the Farnborough airshow to dictate the timing of their decisions, but in their current predicament they simply don’t enjoy the luxury of ignoring the opportunity to claw back some credibility here this week.
A pair of six-foot-tall appendages sprouting from the wingtips of an A320 immediately caught the attention of plane spotters scanning the ramp outside Airbus’ Toulouse headquarters last month.
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To professional aerospace observers, there should be no such thing as culture shock, but even after several years of Airbus A380 gestation some of its vital statistics retain their “gee whiz” characteristics. Not least are the new mega-jetliner’s design weights, taking off at up to almost 1,235,000 pounds and landing at more than 851,000 pounds.
The Farnborough International airshow appears to have rediscovered its vim and vigor, refreshed by a new format and site facilities. As this year’s show drew to a close, indications were that the event had drawn record attendance on its trade and public days.