planecane wrote:morrisond wrote:LoganTheBogan wrote:https://twitter.com/airwayslive/status/1016610880182726656
Interesting. Also Airbus states the CSeries (A220) production line will be able to do 50-60 aircraft a month. The deliveries and backlog numbers are expected to change soon.
50-60 PER MONTH? That has me thinking they are really thinking of this as the replacement for the A320 series on Short Haul. I would fully expect to see a A220-500 sooner rather than later to take over the A320 size. With Airbus backing and support I could see these volumes as the A220 should run rings around A320/737 due to it's much lower weight and I'm guessing better Aero.
Then I would see the 320 replacement get bigger as more of a MOM to replace A320 and A330. It's small size would be A321ish like and it's larger sizes approaching A330-200
The two issues I see Airbus might have growing the A220 to replace the A320 are, first of all can the A220 be stretched to A320 or 738 size efficiently with a 2-3 arrangement?
Also, they lose the commonality sales pitch to retain current customers. Assuming the Boeing/Embraer JV will be designing the replacement for the 737 which will be the competitor to the A220 a few years from now, it will be an open competition between the Boeing NSA and the A220 series because neither will share commonality with the current dominant narrowbodies (unless Boeing makes a software configurable cockpit and mimics the 737 control for southwest).
I can't see any reason for the Boeing/Embraer JV other than developing the NSA. If it was just a co-marketing agreement for the E2s there was no reason to do a JV like they did.
Sorry, I can't see the A220 being stretched to replace the A320. I would expect Airbus to develop a new "A320" when it is required (not for a long time yet!).