Airbus expects aircraft orders to drop sharply in 2009, and suspects that deliveries may have peaked in 2008. Along the way, the aircraft maker also is scaling back expectations on its flagship A380. Only 18 deliveries are now forecast for the year--down from 21--which was already a revision from an earlier plan for 26. Airbus has been struggling to catch up with production plans for some time. Airbus missed its A380 order target for 2008, which originally was 30 aircraft and then ...

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