As Airbus celebrates its 40th anniversary the occasion, though quite joyous, is not without some bumps along the way. Two dates could vie for the historic honor, either May 29, 1969, when the A300B program was launched or January 1970, when the Airbus Industrie industrial grouping was established in Paris. This marked the European manufacturer’s first innovation—launching a commercial transport endeavor, then creating the legal structure to shore it up eight months later. Now that ...

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