Mr. Leahy doesn't really seem to know what an MOM is, so I am not inclined to agree Airbus "owns" that specific market. No one is going to operate an A321 at 240 seats.
There is no doubt that the A321 is a commercial success on all levels. I do find it very shortsighted Leahy is saying that Airbus will not develop the A320 family further. If you ask me, a rewing A321neo and corresponding stretch would not only be home run aircraft, but would make it very hard and require a bit of time for Boeing to resond with a viable competitor.
As laughable as this 737 MAX 10 is, it shows Boeing's persistence to maintain some grasp in the segment.
Specifically in the US, the 757 is still highly prevalent. While DL is starting to swap capacity for frequency, airlines like AA, while the largest A321neo operator, has chosen to keep there 757s.
The next thing up in the Airbus lineup is the A330-200/-800neo, aircraft that are not selling, period.
Now, vice versa, Boeing could see this as a chance to exploit this. By 2025, given market conditions, they could seriously beat Airbus to the punch and not only have the ground work for a 737 NSA replacement, but also a 757 replacement, the MoM, and it is my opinion that Boeing could easily develop an NSA/MOM side by side, with two models each.
At that point, the oldest 737NGs and A321s, and youngest 757s are going to start being removed from service. I think Boeing knows this.
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