It turns out to be even more sinister than that. Because of Airbus and Boeing’s financial power, it was impossible for bombardier to market the CS300, because of market trashing by 737 and A319. This was deemed a credible threat and the CSeries program financially died. Then Airbus suddenly sells the CS300 no problem and may even make big profit on the program. That’s sickening. It means we do not live in a competitive world. BBD innovated and AFAIK Airbus strongarmed them and took it away from them. Did BBD make a good profit? If not, who will make the mistake of innovating again? 737 Max simply underlines this point. It’s a disgrace.
So, what are A and B supposed to do, sit around and let BBD/EMB grow to the point that they become a threat? A & B are building A32x/B737 at 50+/month each and heading to 60/month. Their costs are SO much cheaper than BBD/EMB. That gives them the room to flex their muscles. I don't see how you could "fix" that. It's not like EMB/BBD have some inalienable right to exist.
As for the 500 - your point is likely correct that Airbus and Boeing needed to kill it - or own it. And who would blame Airbus for green lighting that product now and making beaucoup moneys?! How will the 738 Max fare against the A220-500? Uh-oh, Boeing!
I think B would love A to commit to a 5x A220-500 and then let NSA come along with the optimal 6x and give them a beat down. Then Airbus would need to invest in something to cover the A321/NMA market segment too since the 6x NSA and 7x NMA will have them bracketed. Then B would have similar tech from NSA to NMA to 787 and even some crew crossover to 77X. It'd be a great product lineup.
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