'Jobs fears in Airbus sale' (The Sun); 'Jobs fears over Airbus' (Sky News); 'Job fears as BAE confirms sale talks' (Daily Mail) ran the 7 April headlines, despite recognition that BAE, Airbus UK and the Government had 'gone out of their way to allay such fears' (The Daily Telegraph, 8 April).
Little mention was made of the legal safeguard requiring Airbus wing production, and thus the jobs, to remain in the UK indefinitely.
Beyond the knee-jerk response was analysis of BAE's decision, the decline of British manufacturing and global competition: 'strategically stupid, technologically vapid and deeply depressing', commented The Observer's Will Hutton (9 April).
Elsewhere, opinion was upbeat: 'BAE is cleverly bailing out before rising research and development costs hit' (The Sunday Telegraph, 9 April); 'BAE knows how to fly and it's not with Airbus' (The Independent, 9 April).
It may have flown into a 'political firestorm' (The Guardian, 8 April), but clearer skies could lie ahead.