Airbus is celebrating this week; it delivered its 9000th plane since being formed from British, French, German companies in 1968 to compete with the Big 3 U.S. makers. The new plane, an A321, went to a fairly new Asian airline, VietJetAir.
You'll notice I said Big 3 U.S. makers? Now it's down to just Airbus and Boeing in the big-plane business. McDonnell Douglas, itself a merged company, has disappeared into Boeing, and Lockheed is out of the commercial plane business.
Who'd a thunk it, way back when! USA Today has MORE on the celebration. Below, the plane's welcome in Ho Chi Minh City; photo Airbus Industrie