I will use the A32S and B73S as an example throughout his post and all expressions throughout this post are that of my own
I think that's the point he's trying to show. Quality vs. Price. This is an on going battle of who can offer the cheapest price yet will provide a product of high quality. Eventually something somewhere in the product will suffer, and if it doesn't than the competitor is an idiot not to jump on that bandwagon.
Boeing is standing firm with their products in that they will not drop quality for price. Most if not all LCC's DO
NOT buy new 737's in Bulk. I don't know exact numbers off the top of my head but the production of say the A32S vs. the B73SNG isn't even worth comparable. The A32S is much higher than the B73SNG. I don't understand why people keep bitching about how this is better than that and that is cooler than this or whatnot. You are comparing a/c that 1) In the same "class" yet so far apart 2) one a/c is being built in bulk compared to the other and 3) The two a/c makers are totally different in their approaches and final production of the product at hand.
Yes they both do make big bricks with wings but they are soooooo different in sooooo many ways. Yes they do make changes in their production in reaction to the other, TO
A CURTAIN DEGREE (I.E. 787/7e7=A350, A380=B744Adv)!
Here's a question for ya! I am Pro-Boeing yet support Airbus in different ways. For all of those "I will pay more if I can get a Boeing over an Airbus" or "I will not fly an Airbus a/c over XXX Hours", What exactly are you saying. Are you holding against the airline, aircraft, or aircraft maker? If you look at the 737 vs. A32S the A32S probably has a better track record than the 737's built after 1989 (just about before/after the start of the A320-100). We even crab about how they make more and how they are cheaper so how does it have a better record yet at the same time still have more birds in the sky (seeing how the production rate for this family is faster than the 737 family.
All I can say through my (Personal Views/Expressions
) is that people will hold their opinions for one reason yet say its another.
In response to the question;
I feel that it's a battle of old school vs. new school. Boeing seems to be holding its ground in how it operates and how it will make their products yet Airbus seems to be making their products based on what the customer needs/wants. Boeing will make a quality products (as does Airbus) but will hold its ground and not let anything slip an inch on its quality management. A loyal Boeing customer will come up to Boeing and state it's wishes. They will also mention of the rough times and competition between other airlines and how they need to purchance a/c for lower prices. Boeing says that they will "meet them half way" yet seems not to make it all the way. That customer turns around and is left to find a new a/c to purchase, at this point Airbus is there ready to win them over. Though this ambulance chaser approach might seem raticle they win the customer over and that's one more point for their score board.
Though I am a pro-Boeing person I really have to tip my hat off to Airbus for their ability to win a customer (even the most loyal customer of Boeing) over the computer yet still manage to produce a quality a/c at the price and standards that airlines need/wish to have.
I think this battle needs to stop b/c as long as there are a/c makers there will be a vs. b related battles. Give it up!