Airbus has been fighting an uphill battle against the Dreamliner to win customers in the lucrative commercial medium-sized long-range jet market since it was forced into an expensive redesign of the aircraft by unhappy customers — resulting in the extra-wide-body, or XWB, model. The changes have pushed back the first delivery date of the plane until 2013, years behind the first delivery of Boeing's 787 due in May 2008, which is now sold out for delivery until 2013.
Shares of Airbus parent European Aeronautics Defence & Space dropped 1.77 percent Thursday to $31.83. Boeing shares rose slightly in New York, by 0.62 percent to US$96.68.
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