Dec. 10-11, 2014, was one of the more eventful 24-hr. periods in recent memory at Airbus. At the company’s investors day in London, CFO Harald Wilhelm caused major consternation when he questioned the commercial viability of the A380 and indicated the possibility of discontinuing production later this decade. Airbus Group shares fell 10%. The following day, CEO Fabrice Bregier reversed course and offered a ringing endorsement of the program, stating that Airbus “will one day ...

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