Competition between Airbus and Boeing

April 15, 2011 - 10:45am
The World Trade Organization has ruled that Boeing’s new 787 airliner has ben...

Neither the U.S. nor the European sides are giving an inch in the prolonged legal, political and public relations battles over allegedly illegal aerospace subsidies. The World Trade Organization’s March 31 ruling on Airbus’s complaint about alleged subsidies to Boeing has already prompted an indignant European Union to appeal on the grounds that it doesn’t sufficiently damn U.S. conduct. As of press time, the U.S.

March 9, 2011 - 6:02am

Airbus plans to deliver between 520 to 530 commercial aircraft this year and the company projects its gross orders to exceed deliveries, resulting in a book-to-bill ratio of greater than one. The projection came as EADS released its year-end financial figures for 2010 today in Munich, where the European consortium noted that last year’s order intake increased 81 percent, to €83.1 billion ($115.8 billion), driven largely by Airbus Commercial.

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.

 
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