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The Airbus A321neo completes its first flight (Photo: Airbus)

The New Wave of Long Haul, Single Aisle Competition

The airline industry is always looking for improvement, and every few years international agreements, new safety and operational rules, and technological advancements result in challenging competition. The reliability of the Boeing 767 and the ETOPS operation, for example, caused an early retirement for many McDonnell DC-10s and Lockheed L-1011 TriStars. Deregulation improved the tools necessary to manage the fuel price instability, which serves as a constant catalyst for change and innovation. Economical, Long-Range, Single-Aisle Airplanes The delivery of modern and…