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Industry Report Card: Global Commercial Aerospace Credit Outlook Sees Slight Lift, U.S. Defense Sector Steady But Slower Dec 06 Product Image

Industry Report Card: Global Commercial Aerospace Credit Outlook Sees Slight Lift, U.S. Defense Sector Steady But Slower Dec 06

  • ID: 2042251
  • December 2006
  • Region: Global, United States
  • Standard & Poors

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • AAR Corp.
  • Armor Holdings Inc.
  • DeCrane Aerospace Inc.
  • General Dynamics Corp.
  • L-3 Communications Corp.
  • Raytheon Co.
  • MORE

Abstract
Commercial aerospace firms saw a moderate overall improvement in credit quality over the past 12 months, supported in part by increasing demand for new jetliners, particularly from airlines in Asia and the Middle East, generally healthy global economic activity, growing air traffic, and upward trending financial results of many air carriers in those regions. Strong demand for commercial airplanes continued in 2006, following record orders for both manufacturersBoeing Co. (A+/Stable/A-1) and Airbus SAS (a unit of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. N.V. [EADS; A-/Watch Neg/A-2]) in 2005. This surge resulted in record backlogs, equivalent to about five years of production. However, this robust level of demand is probably not sustainable, and orders in 2007 are likely to be smaller,...

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- Boeing Co.
- GenCorp Inc.
- General Dynamics Corp.
- Goodrich Corp.
- Kaman Corp.
- Boeing Capital Corp.
- Raytheon Co.
- Textron Inc.
- United Technologies Corp.
- Honeywell International Inc.
- BAE Systems PLC
- Finmeccanica SpA
- Airbus Group
- Sequa Corp.
- Thales S.A.
- K&F Industries Inc.
- Bombardier Inc.
- BE Aerospace Inc.
- Alliant Techsystems Inc.
- Lockheed Martin Corp.
- Northrop Grumman Corp.
- Communications & Power Industries Inc.
- L-3 Communications Corp.
- Precision Castparts Corp.
- DeCrane Aerospace Inc.
- TransDigm Inc.
- Rolls-Royce PLC
- DRS Technologies Inc.
- Armor Holdings Inc.
- Wornick Co. (The)
- Heckler & Koch GmbH
- Standard Aero Ltd.
- Piedmont Hawthorne Holdings Inc.
- DynCorp International LLC
- Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
- Embraer S.A.
- Atlantic Marine Holding Co.
- Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corp.
- Mecachrome International Inc.
- Moog Inc.
- Hexcel Corp.
- AAR Corp.
- Orbital Sciences Corp.
- Argo-Tech Corp.
- Vought Aircraft Industries Inc.
- Rockwell Collins Inc.
- Esterline Technologies Corp.
- ARINC Inc.
- AmeriQual Group LLC
- MTU Aero Engines Holding AG

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