Since the advent of the Boeing 747 30 years ago, there has been great concern about large aircraft. The discussion continues today, in the form of Airbus's advocacy of a near-term market need for its A3XX, against Boeing's contention that the need is considerably later than forecast by the European consortium. However, the other end of the "large" jet range may have a greater impact in the near term, particularly in more mature markets. Developments in the 70- to ...

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