Competition between Airbus and Boeing

February 25, 2011 - 9:45am
Thousands of well-wishers gathered in Everett, Wash., during the February 13 ...

At Boeing’s colossal plant in Everett, Wash., the February 13 gathering of some 10,000 employees, government officials and customer, partner and supplier reps served not only as a chance to celebrate a long-overdue “unveiling” of the 747-8 Intercontinental, but as a reminder of a painful legacy left by top management a decade or more ago.

February 15, 2011 - 5:29am

Boeing plans to fly the 747-8 Intercontinental for the first time next month, in time for certification and initial deliveries in the fourth quarter.

February 12, 2011 - 11:12am

Airbus entered 2011 with a clear perspective on its main challenges and opportunities. In the start-of-year press conferences staged by both the European airframer and its EADS parent during January, executives identified the overriding challenge as the continuing battle to control costs.

January 28, 2011 - 7:11am
Virgin America has provided Airbus with its first firm order for the new A320...

Airbus entered 2011 with a clear perspective on its main challenges and opportunities. In the start-of-year press conferences staged by both the European airframer and its EADS parent during January, executives identified the overriding challenge as the continuing battle to control costs.

January 17, 2011 - 6:21am
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A late surge in new airliner orders during December took Airbus’s sales tally for 2010 to 644 aircraft (compared with 574 in 2009), just edging out rival Boeing’s total orders for 625 airliners last year.

December 29, 2010 - 8:28am

Airbus launched a new engine option last month for A320-series airliners, and an Airbus Corporate Jetliner spokesman confirmed to AIN that the option (costing $6 million when specified for the airliner variant) will also be available for all ACJs based on the A320 series except the A318 Elite. Dubbed A320neo, the project offers two new engine choices–the CFM Leap-X or Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G.

December 10, 2010 - 5:28am
Airbus claims its A320neo will offer as much as a 15-percent fuel burn improv...

Airbus’s launch last week of a new engine option for its A320 single-aisle series has for the moment turned the proverbial spotlight directly on rival Boeing and its own line of narrowbodies. Indeed, the competitive implications of re-engining the 737–or not–now appear unequivocal.

November 15, 2010 - 1:30am

Airbus’s schedule for the A350 XWB has slipped to later in the second half of 2013, reflecting the company’s recognition that the transition from the design to manufacturing phase will prove more complex than originally expected. The caution is understandable in light of the well publicized manufacturing issues with the A380 program, and similarly with Boeing’s oft-delayed 787.

September 24, 2010 - 9:59am
The World Trade Organization’s interim report on Airbus’s allegations of unfa...

Lawyers and lobbyists on both sides of the Atlantic have launched into a fresh wave of hostilities following the World Trade Organization’s September 15 interim ruling on Airbus complaints about alleged unfair state subsidies Boeing received for programs including the new 787 Dreamliner.

September 10, 2010 - 7:49am
The Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787, both of which appeared at July’s Farnboro...

David Bonnus, cofounder of Paris-based Step Consulting, recently analyzed the causes of major aerospace program delays and suggested how airframers could better keep to their schedules. The release of the analysis comes as Boeing, Airbus and others keep struggling with program delays. It bears the stamp of common sense, which some big companies’ executives seem to have lost under financial pressure.

 
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