LH has just decided to postpone their decision. Delaying an order for 6 month or 1 year on an aircraft still in development is not a big issue.
And after the schock, people will fly again, as they did after the Gulf war (mid 90s were the most profitable years for the airlines... )
This morning, I heard an EADS spokeman on a French radio. His comments were the following:
1) Some deliveries will be postponed . Some will be cancelled. It will reduce the pressure in the production lines, and Airbus will not have to expand facilities or hire more staff to cope with demand. As a result , you do not invest money and increase the costs.
2) With its current size, Airbus is flexible.
3) EADS does not produce only Airbus. EADS stands for European Aeronautic Defense and Space company. They produce missiles, fighters , electronic defense equipment.
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