The Dubai Airshow last month was not only the stage for the much-expected widebody orders and Boeing's 777X program launch. It also proved that almost anything is possible as far as airline business models are concerned. The one airline sector that should be scaring investors away is European regional aviation. Everything seems to work against it—high costs (made worse by small aircraft), increasing low-cost carrier competition, and a weak overall market. But Etihad Airways ...


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