Burgeoning commercial order books and high Pentagon expenditure should see an industry flushed with confidence. Instead, optimism is tempered by caution about what may exactly lie ahead. Farnborough International 2006, to be held July 17-23, will reflect an industry at the peak of the commercial aircraft cycle. Boeing in particular has been riding the tide, thanks to the success of its 787 twin-jet, long-haul offering. By comparison, the run-up to the show for Airbus and its parent ...

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