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3. the Jet-engines manufacturer were unable to build Engines that were 12% more economic as used one
if read between the lines, Leahy imply that Airbus was Stab in back by Roll&Royce and General Electric
because they worked secretly on Engines for Boeing 787

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Looks like a translation into German of the article from AirlineRatings posted by TomcatVIP back in November. I don't think what Leahy's saying really equates to a stab in the back from the engine companies, Airbus wanted an engine that could be in service by 2005, Boeing wanted an engine that could fly in a prototype by 2008. That's effectively five years of development apart. If you give an engine maker dates that far apart, you'll legitimately get two different answers as to what is possible. And I think Leahy recognises that with the line about Airbus (or he himself? there's a typo in the line) possibly having needed to push the engine companies harder on what was coming down the track.

"If should have done a better job of prying out from the engine manufacturers what they had in their back pockets in terms of technology that would become available. We were saying at first that the airplane would be delivered in 2005, maybe that was also unrealistic."
 

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I don't think what Leahy's saying really equates to a stab in the back from the engine companies
you get the impression while reading the German Translation
I think it can be read that way, but I think his later point about needing to push the engine companies harder undermines that reading, enough to say he probably realises it was at least as much a failure to ask the right questions on the part of Airbus - lost in translation, you might say ;)
 

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