During the flight display at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 14, aircraft painted a big heart into the blue sky as a welcome to exhibitors and attendees. It was a gracious gesture, but a big white question mark would have been more apropos for the state of play on the civil side of the show. Buzz was rife throughout the venue: Who is this customer said to be placing a very big order with Airbus the next day? For how many aircraft? And what type? Emirates could be all but ruled out given the clash ...

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