I don't understand this bun fight between EU->US->EU->US
Yeah, so what if JAL won't buy the 7E7 right now. I haven't seen the order going to Airbus either...
Boeing should be thankful for the competition Airbus provides, and vice versa.
Imagine a world where only Airbus OR
Boeing exist, and imagine the products, the quality and the design. Take Aerospatiale-British Aerospace for example; They built the Concorde, and had no competitors in the civil supersonic aviation market. And look what it resulted in: One design, with very few improvements or changes, and very little research (if any?) on further supersonic airplanes for civil use. Should another company have had another supersonic airplane my guess is that the concorde would have looked a little different than it currently does, plus we would probably still have supersonic traffic.
Conclusion: competition is good, and it benefits both Boeing and Airbus.
Also, if an airline has 450 airplanes of one make, they would hardly go and buy 10 planes from a competitor, now would they? I mean, then you'd have to train all the maintenance staff and maybe the pilots to, and that costs money, right? Maybe I'm wrong, but I makes sense to stick with one make?
And should it be that an airliner cancels its order of this and that many airplanes from this and that airplane manufacturer, I hardly believe that it would be because they think that the competitors product is better... maybe it fits their purpose better, but that's it....
Read between the lines.