The A380 Crisis: What Now for Airbus?

The planemaker vows to restructure, but job cuts will be politically tough and developing new aircraft while cash is tight won't be easy either

Transparency has never been Airbus' strong suit. For most of the company's 36-year history, its ownership structure has been complicated and its financing arrangements shrouded in confidentiality. Since it's not a listed company, outsiders have never gotten a close look at the books.

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