One factor which I feel is most important in the previous discussion but which has not really been addressed is "who is the company's boss." Boeing has to answer to public shareholders. Airbus is further delaying its transformation into a Single Corporate Entity. Until then, each will have advantages and disadvantages over the other. I am amused however at Airbus now obviously overoptomistic claims for A3XX launch and funding requirements, and changeover to a Single Corporate Entity. They are now delaying both by at least 18 months. Those of us who read this forum love airliners and aircraft, but the real nuts and bolts for Airbus and Boeing are the financial/economic issues and it is there I believe Boeing has far and away the most experience. Other than that, they do both make fine products.