What do you think about the future of the B 737 in (Western) Europe. At the moment there are still some important fleets of -300, -400 and -500 aircraft in service with European flag carriers, but there aren't any orders that have been placed recently in order to replace them with the new generation series.
On the contrary! Most European carriers have purchased Airbus A 32S aircraft for their narrow body fleet. As a result, with each retirement of a B 737 in Europe, the Airbus fleets become bigger and bigger and Boeing is going further towards extinction.
Among the rare exceptions are KLM, the Dutch flag carrier and - until recently SAS - as well as some charter airlines.
All the rest, including the most important flag carriers such as Air France, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Iberia, Sabena, Swissair, Austrian Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and last bot not least British Airways have become dedicated Airbus customers now.
Do you think that Boeing will manage the change for the better or is it more likely that, for a long time, they will not sell any narrow bodies to major European operators any more?