you and your reasonless Airbus bashing.
Trying to see where
exactly I was Airbus bashing...
Was it when I explained what a bleedless/bleed-air aircraft was, or that the A330 was threatened by the 7E7?
Why? The A318-21 family has proven to be a good product and will still be for many years
Reason being, in 2018 the A320 family will be 30 years old. Thirty years
old. When you call the 737 a 37 year old aircraft, this is partially false as the NG
aircraft are as modern as possible. But in 2018, the A320 will be pretty damn old.
Airbus would be hardpressed to match the 7E7 with the A330 family. The best way to go, as we mostly agree, is an all new A330 replacement. Problem is, the A330 line is tied at the waist to the A340 line. Airbus could replace both of these aircraft with a single line of aircraft, the first being A332 size, the next being A333/A343 size, the last being slightly smaller than the A346. They would be large twins with range in the 7,000-8,000nm market. If this aircraft entered service in 2010-2015, the 777 would be pushing 20 years old.
But Airbus could, and should IMO, react first with an A320 replacement. If the A320-replacement stops the 737NG in its tracks, as the 7E7 will probably do to the A330, Airbus would greatly slow Boeing's advance. By seating 2+2+2 in a narrow-wide configuration Airbus can maximize underfloor cargo and pitch it as a 7E7SR competitor. It's narrower configuration would appear more appealing for short-range flights. Many customers would balk at jumping from a 220 seat 752 to a 280 seat 7E7-3. Sizing the A320 replacement in 220, 180, and 140 incriments solves this problem.
Both Boeing and Airbus overestimate their planes in their statements.
Except Boeing typically exceeds them
I don't think it's a case of what Airbus has that can compete with the 7E7 but rather, what does Boeing have to compete with the A380.
Boeing came to the opinion that the superjumbo market cannot sustain two competing models. I tend to see this as a good idea because, rather than getting in a pissing contest over size, Boeing is taking on the real money makers. Boeing's focus is to destroy the business case for what is currently Airbus strongest product line- the A332. That is
their response to the A380.
Time will tell...