ok As some of you may know I am writing a paper for school, I chose Boeing vs. airbus. Some details might not be exact, but since none of the people know anything abouth Aviation (except my Aeronautics teacher) It's ok. This is my first draft of the paper. Please read and critique (spelling?) my paper. I'm going to try to publish this one. Hope you enjoy
Boeing or Airbus? The whole process is indeed hard to understand and even harder to
choose the right aircraft. For years now airlines have had headaches trying to figure out which
company to choose for their benefit because Boeing bought McDonnel Douglas leaving Boeing
and Airbus as the major companies, the rivals have had a competition with their aircraft ever
since, the 737 or A320 family, A330 or 767-400ER, and 747 versus A340.
First, let’s compare the shorthaul market; the most popular 737 and the rising popularity
of the whole A320 family. The 737 first made its’ debue in 1965 with the -100- series and 2
years later moved on to the -200- series which sold about 1,700 aircraft. When Boeing heard of
its’ success rate with the 737, they decided to make more and more series of just one aircraft.
The -300- series offered longer range and more advanced turbines (Hinton, The Boeing 737, 18)
that look stuck to the other series. By the time the -500- series was completed, there were more
than 2,000 737s operating and more being delivered. The Boeing company took a break from
the 737. The Airbus A320 took its’ first flight in the 1980s and was only used in Europe for a
couple of years. The A320 took off like a rocket into the US shorthaul market just as the
production of the 737 was slowing down. The Airbus company started building the A319 which
was a shorter version of the A320, and it too, was a huge success with United Airlines operating
both of the kind. The next on the list was the A321 (Airliners of the World) which was the
longer version of the A320 and beginning to be a strong competitor to the Boeing 757 ,which it
resembles. The newest Airbus creation is the A318 which had its’ first flight just over a month
ago already with orders on hand. Even airlines who were based on the back of the 737, like
Frontier, are starting to switch to the A319 and A318. Frointier began operating all 737s in
1966 (Hinton, The Boeing 737, 23) ,but now, Frontier is focusing on an Airbus based fleet with
6 A319 and a 7th one being delivered in May (Airliners.net/discussions/civil_aviation) and going
to start replacing the 737s with A318s. Boeing says that the 737 could also fly higher than its’
competitor, the A320, giving the passengers the smoother ride
(boeing.com/commercial/737family). Both aircraft have a common range in distance. Both say
their aircraft is better (airbus.com/products/A320_family). There really is no wrong aircraft.
There’s another type of market, the medium-long range market.
There are 2 medium-long range aircraft that are common. The 767-400ER and A330.
Both twin engine aircraft. Since the 737 or the A320 can’t fly trans-oceanic, a longer range
aircraft is needed. The A330 is a twin-isle aircraft which can hold 253 passengers in an average
3 class (coach, business, first) configuration, the 767-400ER can hold 245 in the same
configuration (Boeing 767 vs. Airbus A330) . The A330 can cover more airports since it has to
have a 2,600m runway compared to the 767’s 3,500m runway. The 767-400ER is more
comfortable because of its’ higher altitude flight 13,200m compared to Airbus’s 12,500m
therefore making that long flight heaven. The prices have to, also, be compared for airlines to
get the best deal. The A330 varies from 109$ to 115$ MILLION dollars, compared to the 767’s
110$ million dollar tag price. The range of the Aircraft is perhaps one of the most important
elements for the airlines to love the package. The A330 has a range of 11,945km compared to
the Boeing’s 767, which has a 10,482km range (Boeing 767 vs. Airbus A330) . The roll-put date
for the A330 was in August 1997 and with the 6th, and not final, version of the 767 was in
October 1999 and with the first commercial flight in May 2000, and A330’s in 1998. There is
another medium-long range market, the A340 and 747.
Perhaps the 2 most popular aircraft are the A340 and the famous 747-400 series. Of
course, everybody has heard of the famous 747, but do they know the history of it? The Boeing
747-100 came out in the late 60’s and totally ravaged one company because it had no match for
the 747. Naturally, the 747 became one of the most famous and loved aircraft for its’ second
floor for first class passengers. There were more and more to follow including 747-200, 747SR
(short range) for Chinese airlines which loved selling out seats with it and making more money
than immaginable, the 747SP (super performance) short, stubby that was fitted with normal 747
engines for extremely long range and speed, the 747-300 which had a larger second floor than all
of the previous 747s, and finally, the 747-400 which has those loved winglets which give it class
and longer range. The A340 is more known in Europe with airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and
Lufthansa, as well as Cathay Pacific and many others. The A340 has a smaller passenger
capacity than the 747-400, but has about the same range making it a very good deal for airlines
in this situation where airlines have to go long-range, but can’t fill up the cabin to where they
want to, giving the A340 incredible capability and a smooth flight. Both, on command of the
airlines, have PTVs, personal televisions, which give you something to do (watch movies, TV,
play games) if you’re one of those “nervous fliers” time to forget their fears while watching their
favorite TV show. Also, the two companies have plans for the future market.
Both companies have something in store for the future. Airbus, which some say will win
the future market, has the A380 super-jumbo with all 2 levels of passenger comfort and one level
of cargo hold. There are plans for more series with the final one carrying up to 1,000 passengers
in complete comfort , that’s 2 times what the 747-400 can carry. (Special report:A sky poker
Gme Europe’s Airbus thinks it has the Ace to win tomorrow’s Market, But American Arch-rival
Boeing is Holding Firm with its’ Jumbo) . The Boeing company has the Sonic Cruiser which will
go almost speed of sound with its’100 passenger load. Boeing thinks that the speed market
should be opened up to include speed, as the Concorde does. Both companies are questioning
each other’s projects.
As we go through the years, we find there are more and more aircraft to choose from as the new
generation of the Boeing 737 or the Whole A320 family, and the opening the wider market of the
medium-long range market, we will still have this problem unless one company outsells and kills
the other one, because that’s how it is now, both are rivals.
Hope you enjoyed it! Now tell me what's good and bad about it. I also spaced it, so don't worry I separated them to paragraphs.
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