Delta and Alaska Airline Rivalry Could Be a Boost For Boeing

United Airlines Boeing 787 Livery

While the merger of United Airlines and Continental left a gaping hole at the ticket counter at SeaTac International Airport, frequent fliers are noticing an expansion of Delta and Alaska check-in stations these days. That expansion could mean a great boost to Boeing and Washington’s economy in the future — if state lawmakers hold the […]

ANALYSIS: Why China is the place to be for Airbus and Boeing

China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER

When Airbus launched a lower weight variant of the A330 pitched at the Chinese market last year, Boeing scoffed that its competitor was introducing old technology to China, with one salesperson going as far as to say it was an “insulting” move. The episode offers a telling glimpse into the fierce rivalry between the two […]

Boeing Says Oil Price Won’t Hurt Demand for Fuel-Efficiency

Boeing South Carolina 787 Final Assembly

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing reported healthy profits Wednesday as Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney assured investors that declining oil prices won’t crimp airlines’ desire to buy more fuel-efficient planes. McNerney seemed to allude to events such as the shooting down of Malaysia Flight 17 over Ukraine in July when he said, “Notwithstanding a somewhat richer […]

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 – Forbes.com

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. […]