Both Boeing Co. and Airbus are preparing to offer billions of dollars in loans to help struggling airlines maintain their orders for new planes, according to a report by the Times of London. With large amounts of debt already on their books, many airlines are expected to have difficulty obtaining new loans as the financial industry tightens credit lines. "Because of the lead and lag times for deliveries, there is far too much equipment about to be delivered as we enter the downturn, and someone has to take the risk," says airline analyst Chris Tarry.

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