In a giant game of aviation chess, the pieces that will determine the battle for the middle-of-the-market sector next decade are already in play. Although the new generation of dedicated midmarket aircraft is not likely to appear for at least 7-8 years, the forces that will shape them are at work today. So far, Boeing has been most vocal about its new midsize airplane (NMA) studies, while Airbus has so far framed its midmarket prospects through the narrower prism of its successful A321neo ...

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