In Airbus’ own corporate version of the English language, one term best describes trouble and stress. It is also a favorite of Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm, who uses it regularly in earnings calls with analysts and reporters. “Deliveries are backloaded,” Wilhelm and colleagues like to say when yet another production delay puts Airbus at risk of missing its delivery target for the year, with so many aircraft that must be handed over to customers just in time to be ...

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