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Case Code : BSTR046 Electronic Format: Rs. 500;
Courier (within India):Rs. 25 Extra
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Case Length : 14 Pages
Period : 1997 - 2003
Organization : Airbus
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Available
Countries : USA
Industry : Airlines


The case study focuses on the growth of Airbus and it also covers extensively the competition in the aerospace industry.

The case provides a detail account of the structure of the aerospace industry and the nature of competition in the industry. It explains how Airbus achieved a leadership position in the industry with market share increasing from 13% in 1995 to 57% in 2002.

The case also provides information about the Airbus's A-380 aircraft and how the success of this model could provide a competitive advantage for Airbus.


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Boeing's Nightmare 1
The Takeoff 2
Note on Aerospace Industry 4
Flight To Success 6
The Gamble 9
Exhibits 12


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