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 Richard Aboulafia - “It's a very good idea,”
 Richard Aboulafia - “It's more about service, information and customer relations than metal- bending. It's also a fragmented market, ripe for consolidation.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “Nevertheless, ... it was financially clearly in Boeing's best interest to settle.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “If they do this right, they are golden for a long time.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “It's time for Airbus to get something.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “If Airbus can't get a key A340 victory soon, there will be serious questions about that program.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “If Boeing does cave and give them something like what they want, it will be a bit of a hollow victory because in the long run it will probably result in increased outsourcing.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “While a strike of a couple of weeks might be doable, some kind of accommodation would have to be reached. If Boeing does cave and give them something like what they want, it will be a bit of a hollow victory because in the long run it will probably result in increased outsourcing.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “Not to say, 'Hurray, we all win' but both sides can claim victory.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “They seem to have made a good institutional comeback. The survival has had its priorities, and they're in no better or worse shape than the other services.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “The only thing worse than cannibalizing your own market is having your competitor do it.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “We have no idea how the market for very light jets will look in 25 years from now. There are several players trying to get into this market, but we really don't know what the market wants yet.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “You've got 20 years of the Marines standing by their product and insisting this is the future of their force, their way of war fighting,”
 Richard Aboulafia - “You can explain this. But people see what they want to see.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “All the lenders gave better terms because they felt they would not be the last people to get paid”
 Richard Aboulafia - “Basically, we're going to either have a hollow force or a truncated force structure -- the message here is that we couldn't really afford Iraq and our current military. If Boeing and Lockheed Martin aren't thinking like that in public, they are in private.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “I think the smart money is on smaller, simpler drones and the operating systems that make them effective. That's where Lockheed is well positioned to add value.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “The up-front costs to develop the BBJ were relatively light, and some were shared with important military programs, most notably the E-737 AWACS and MMA P-8. Those military programs alone make the effort worthwhile.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “The one thing that gives (the union) that power is that outsourcing jobs takes a lot of time, but if you make life very difficult for the manufacturer these jobs are leaving,”
 Richard Aboulafia - “It's a relatively inconsequential cost increase from the corporate perspective. From the union side, they got better than Boeing's best offer.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “You're putting a lot of Canadian content in this plane, which means if it fails, much of Canada's aerospace industry really feels that pain, and perhaps fails with it.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “The upturn looks pretty solid and consistent for the next year or two. Beyond that, there are certainly valid questions, certainly about the strength of the domestic market. Until then, it looks solid.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “There is a good chance that there will be Dubai bashing and xenophobia in Congress. That could help poison commercial relations, and I would hope that calmer heads will prevail.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “Airbus really wants to get an order out of Aeroflot and appears to be losing to Boeing. There's a real concern the Russian aviation market might just close up again, so Airbus wants to have a presence on the inside.”
 Richard Aboulafia - “Airbus really wants to get an order out of Aeroflot and appears to be losing to Boeing. There's a real concern the Russian aviation market might just close up again so Airbus wants to have a presence on the inside.”

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