The company that builds Airbus airliners, EADS, promised on Monday to end its chronic internal rivalries and focus on operations after ditching two senior executives. The two had been blamed for production delays in the new super-jumbo A380, and for an under-ambitious design for the forthcoming A350 airliner -- a design that has been sent back to the drawing board.
EADS, a European consortium, has been run by a joint team of French and German executives. Both the men who resigned were French. Critics say the company has suffered from a rivalry between the French and German teams. But now, shareholders are said to be demanding a more streamlined management structure for the future.