The existence of both companies is something we should all champion and at all levels. It would be a truly sad day if one or the other were not around. Each company has enjoyed successes and failures over the years.
It must be true that Boeing some time back could not have foreseen the growth of Airbus and how much of a serious competitor they have become.
Similarly Airbus was undoubtedly caught asleep when the 787 was launched - and as some of you have said, it has cost them dearly. I am sure that in future fights that the upper hand will change places, and back again, as it has done thus far.
I am very pleased to see the amazing sales success achieved by the 787 and really do hope that it does live up to all of the expectations. I say this as an aviation enthusiast, and as a future potential passenger.
I am also pleased that some of our American friends can be objective in the Airbus/Boeing debate.
A healthy debate is something that should be encouraged in this forum, some of the fanatical rants are just plain uncalled for and do not add to the quality and content of this web site. Opinions are fine but some of the comments on here are bordering on extreme.
As a true enthusiast I wish each of these aircraft and aircraft manufacturers the best of luck and I look forward to being able to see these fine examples of technology gracing our skies in the very near future.
I sometimes feel I am in a minority by not wishing to see the demise of either company - is there anybody else out there who feels the same, or is it just me?