Re: It's both political and economic !!!
Yes it is - Airbus has in the past, and continues to be, somewhat of a tool of foreign policy, very obviously in the case of France, slightly more subtle in the case of other European countries. SAA's original A320's were largely the result of the favour of Franz Josef Strauss, the long-time premier of Bavaria and diplomatic friend of the old SA
government, and were ordered as part of a trade deal between Bavaria and SA
France blatantly uses Airbus sales as part of foreign trade policy, especially with China and India, where the airlines are state governed and can be pressured.
Young and beautiful and thin and gorgeous AND BANNED ! Cya at airspaceonline.com, losers