Boeing Launches A Stealth Attack On Airbus

Sure, the New Year is a time for optimism, but is Boeing Co. going a bit overboard? The world's airlines lost $5 billion last year, and no one knows which carriers will survive into the next century. But on Jan. 5, the world's top aircraft maker announced it was considering building a plane with 600 to 800 seats, the biggest and most expensive airliner ever. The real stunner was Boeing's partner of choice for pursuing the idea: Deutsche Aerospace (DASA), a key member of Boeing's archrival, consortium Airbus Industrie.

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