Thank you. Clearly the likes suggest that I wasn't alone! The Qs about an additional paintshop of: Why? Would this indicate an increase in Hamburg work? etc.
What a wonderful site this is for fans of Airbus (and for keeping some tags on other manufacturers!). My interest in Airbus started as an intrigue when a fledgling company decided to take on Lockheed, McDonald Douglas and Boeing not only quietly but persistently. The time I worry for them nowadays is when the business appears to be going well - this it seems to me is always the time to brainstorm and act to pre-empt market changes. Outside commercial aeroplanes it's fascinating and surely complimentary to have military, space, drone divisions etc. but the challenge seems always to manage current business while undertaking new developments. It's not for me to produce a timeline of Airbus' high and low points in this respect over the past 40 years as I don't know the whole story but perhaps someone has. It would be a fascinating read and, as always, the past helps those in the future (now).