First of all, before I start, if you are going to start a fight, please do not read this. No body wants to read big fights anymore (if they ever did), so just don't start one. This is not an A vs. B war. I love both companies. Thank you.
Okay, now that that is out of the way, I'll begin. My question is: What is Boeing thinking!?!
I can't stand to see either Boeing or Airbus in trouble, but right now my concerns are with Boeing. Airbus is exceling in sales. Don't worry about the hard times for aircraft sales, Airbus over the past five years has done very well. Look at things over a broader period. Not just now.
Airbus dominates Europe now in a big way. Boeing has lost any footing they had there. There aren't a lot of airlines in Africa, but there are a few that both Boeing and Airbus would most deffinately want to be selling their aircraft to. The two major ones I can think of are SAA and EgyptAir. SAA is unhappy with their new 738s and may very well choose the A320 over those now. That's a little bit of sales that Boeing loses. EgyptAir is buying a lot of Airbus aircraft now, so that's another lost chance for Boeing. Although Africa is not dominated by either of those companies, but rather older aircraft from various places, I still believe that every last sale is important. In South America, lots of airlines are starting to go with Airbus instead of Boeing, or never went with Boeing. A few of those are: Lan Chile, TAM, Aerolineas Argentina, Aces Colombia, and others.
Here is the worst of it though. Boeing is losing a lot of ground on their home turf, North America. US Airways is buying Airbus now. No Boeing. United Airlines just keeps getting more A320/319s. They get some Boeings, but more larger ones, nothing like 737s. Northwest Airlines is replacing their fleet with Airbuses. Not Boeings. America West keeps getting Airbuses. Not Boeings. Jet Blue only operates Aibuses. They probably never will get Boeings. A few airlines in the US still choose Boeing. Delta, American, and Southwest purchase only Boeing aircraft these days. American has those A300s, but haven't bought any other Airbuses except those.
Airbus is a tough competitor to Boeing, but I think Boeing can do better than they are. You might say that Airbus has an unfair advantage over Boeing because they are subsidized by the government and Boeing is not, but that's an obstacle that Boeing has to overcome. It is a fact and it is something that probably will not change. Maybe Boeing need to suffer some losses to make gains. Airbus has virtually given some of their aircraft away in order to gain customers. Maybe Boeing need to do that in places like Europe for a little while until maybe they get some customers. Boeing needs a new product. Although lots of these new things they come up with are great, they need to develop a totally new aircraft. The Sonic Cruiser may sound good, but no other companies are developing those. Boeing should try to compete with those companies, not try to soley open a new market. If they want to go ahead with the Sonic Cruiser, fine, but they need some other stuff besides just longer and longer versions of what they already have. The 737 probably has no life beyond the versions currently being produced. It's been around too long. A replacement should be made. A competitor for the A380 should be made. 757s and 767s should be replaced later on.
Well now you've heard what I think. As I said up top, I love both Boeing and Airbus and I would hate to see either of them suffering. Boeing is suffering though, in my mind. I don't want them to put Airbus out of business, just make everything a bit more equal. Now I want to hear what you think. Don't worry about what you say, as long as you are not dirrectly starting a fight. Some people may not agree with you, which is okay, but don't start calling people names and saying someone's opinion is wrong. Thanks!