Japan fears aftershocks of JAL's Airbus order

Boeing may shift some production from Japan to China

[TOKYO] For five decades, Boeing has awarded bigger and bigger shares of its supply contracts to Japanese firms, but that could change after Japan Airlines' shock defection to Airbus and as the US planemaker seeks to win orders in China.

Boeing's carbon composite 787 is 35 per cent made in Japan - as big a share as it builds in-house - but Japanese aviation insiders fear the Dreamliner could be the high water mark of the industry's partnership with the US company.

The close co-operation has not only...

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