Airbus and Boeing are at War on Two Fronts

Airbus A321neo

The campaign for market share between Airbus and Boeing is being fought on two fronts. In single-aisles, both airframers have adopted similar gameplans by re-engining existing models and – with bulging backlogs and plans to ramp up monthly production between now and the end of the decade – are in a head-to-head battle for market […]

Boeing’s Order Book Tops the 1,000 Mark

GECAS 737-MAX8 Renderings

With 266 Boeing customers ordering 12,100 737 units since the plane’s introduction, Boeing’s single-aisle airliner is the best-selling commercial airplane in history. Perversely, that’s posing something of a problem for Boeing. Hoping to keep up with demand for the 737, Boeing confirmed this month that it will once again increase the rate at which it […]

Boeing Is Underestimating Emerging Japanese Competition –

Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft

At a welcoming banquet in Japan in the 1980s, Ford Motor chairman Philip Caldwell received a memorably double-edged compliment. “There is no secret about how we learned to do what we do, Mr. Caldwell,” said the head of Toyota Motor , Eiji Toyoda. “We learned it at the Rouge.” Toyoda was referring to Ford’s fabled […]

Boeing and Airbus: The Wide-Body Tug of War

Airbus A380 and Boeing 747

Wide-body planes form an essential part of aircraft makers’ business as they support a higher price tag than their narrow-body counterparts. Boeing predicts that in the coming two decades, 36,770 commercial planes valued at $5.2 trillion would be delivered by plane makers. The wide-body planes would account for 8,600 or 23% of the deliveries, but […]

What Emirates’ A350 Order Cancellation Means for Boeing and Airbus

Emirates Boeing Fleet

Airbus suffered a huge setback when its most-prized customer, Emirates , cancelled a multibillion-dollar deal for 70 A350-XWBs in June. What rubbed salt into the wound was that a month later, the Gulf carrier confirmed the order for 150 Boeing 777Xs. This has raised several questions regarding the relationship Emirates shares with the aviation majors. […]

Boeing Agrees to Fire-Suppression Fix on Some 787 Dreamliners

Boeing Co. and aviation regulators have agreed on mandatory replacement of certain foamlike blocks inside the structures of more than 80 of the company’s 787 Dreamliner jets to ensure fire-suppression systems will work properly in case of an emergency. A safety directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration this week calls for replacement of missing […]

Global demand for aircraft projected at 27,000 in next 20 years

The global airlines will need an additional 27,000 planes in the next two decades, which is more than 1,000 aircraft per year, said a senior official of Airbus ProSky here on Wednesday. Addressing the fourth Arab Aviation and Media Summit 2014, Paul-Franck Bijou, chief executive officer of Airbus ProSky, said the Middle East region is […]

Boeing or Airbus: Which Company Will Dominate This Massive Market?

Built-from-scratch planes, reengineered jets, fuel-saving technology — the fight for global supremacy is intensifying between Airbus and Boeing . But which one will emerge as king rests a lot on how the duo capitalizes on the enormous growth opportunity of the Asia Pacific market. Let’s gauge the prospects of this burgeoning market, and see what […]