Hans-Peter Ring, EADS's CFO, arrived in New York last week for meetings with institutional investors and analysts in the middle of a stock market meltdown. “Obviously the markets feel that there is [the threat of] a double-dip recession,” he says. But if that does happen, Ring is confident the company's Airbus unit is prepared. The reason is that EADS is sitting on a backlog worth more than $450 billion. That includes orders for more than 4,000 Airbus civil jets—the equivalent of 7.5 ...

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