BEIJING (AP) - European aircraft maker Airbus will build an assembly plant for its A320 planes in the northern Chinese coastal city of Tianjin, the government said Thursday, in a move that could boost sales amid fierce competition from Boeing.
Good news, fast Internet connections aboard U.S. commercial airline flights will be coming to you sooner than you think, as two companies just last Friday won licenses for airborne communications services. This means that in a few years (yes, a few years, it's not as simple as setting up your Wi-Fi at home), we all could be sitting on a long cross-country flight and surfing the Internet to keep our boredom at bay.
In today's marketplace, distinct differences in the way competitive products work have become increasingly rare. But functional product differentiation is exactly what the rivalry between the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is all about: Two companies with fundamentally different products, based on diametrically opposite visions of the future, engaged in a Hatfields versus McCoys battle with billions of dollars at stake.