In this thread I want to create A vs. B stretegic planning dialogue. I want to hear what the future holds strategically from a competitive perspective. I do not wish to hear what manuf is better, I wish to hear which manuf is better positioned in terms of timing.
For instance, is Boeing waiting for the final financing and design plan to come to fruition for the A350XWB just to announce the B737 replacement in response?
Would Airbus be able to respond to the next Boeing narrowbody?
Can Airbus handle both the design of the A350XWB and a A320 replacement simultaneously?
Has the A380 delay really set the stage for Airbus to be a delayed follower to Boeing?
As they are late with the A350XWB versus the B787?
Will the same occur in the narrowbody cycle?
And how does Airbus break this cycle?
Would it be wiser to scrap the A350XWB and go directly to a repalcement for the A320 series ahead of Boeing on the narrowbody front.