If a customer like Emirates Airline cancels an order for 70 new widebodies, a manufacturer has every reason to be alarmed. But with the Airbus A350 program progressing smoothly towards certification and entry into service, chances are that what is a major blow now will not develop into a long-term problem. Emirates told Airbus last week that it will not take the aircraft, following years of discussions about aircraft size and performance specifications. The airline, one of Airbus’s top ...

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