What's it take to approve go-ahead for an aircraft derivative program? Airbus suppliers indicate the European transport manufacturing consortium has set a target of 25 total orders to launch its new A340-500 and -600 derivatives, a goal that industry sources say should easily be reached by year-end. Airbus Managing Director Jean Pierson has estimated A340-500/-600 program investment at $2.5 billion, if both models are launched. Each will be powered by new Rolls-Royce Trent 500s rated at ...

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