The last year has provided some much-needed positive news for Airbus's A380 program, including a milestone 100th delivery and a major deal that pushed the program's languishing orderbook beyond 300. Whether the solid run is a precursor of things to come or an anomalous blip on a radar screen full of challenges is up for debate. Naysayers point to a lagging orderbook, which—thanks to cancellations—had lost ground in 2013 before Emirates finalized a 50-aircraft buy in December. The ...

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