|Quoting Stitch (Reply 5):|
I still expect Airbus to out deliver Boeing.
Out deliver or out order? The latter is undoubtedly Airbuses will do in 2012. They have a higher production rate, IIRC. Now, out order... it may just very well end up being Boeing. The 737 MAX seems to be taking off with the now very-possible UA
order. The design isn't even finalized yet.. if the 777NG gets announced, we can probably expect a lot more orders to come in. Airbus, on the other hand, has nothing to announce. A380-900? A380F? A330NG?
|Quoting turn720 (Reply 11):|
The title "biggest" earns you bragging rights but unfortunately it doesn't pay the bills. Now if they made loads of money from all the airplanes they sold then that would be really something to crow about.
David and Goliath.. bigger isn't always better.
|Quoting SASMD82 (Thread starter):|
In my opinion, Airbus should do their utmost to make the A350 a success, or else Boeing will surpass Airbus as the biggest plane maker soon.
What do you mean "make the A350 a sucess"? It already has over 500 firm orders. That's great for a wide-body that has yet to fly. Are you expecting 1,400? Not even the Dreamliner got/has that many. Most wide-bodies get the bulk of their production orders *after* EIS. Look at the 777 and A330.
The Boeing fanboy inside me is squeeing at the though of this... but "about to be placed"?! I thought Airbus merely dropped out.
After a great year in 2011.. with 1,400 orders.. product launch years are, IMO, kinda pointless to look at in terms of how well a company is doing. Of course whenever a company announces something new the customers are going to pile-on (this applies to both A and B). What determine's a products long-term success are the residual sales. Once the 737 MAX, A320 NEO, 787, and A350 are all flying in the same skies.. THEN you can figure out who's faring better.
RIght now we're in a strange "layer cake" era with all these new product launches. Airlines will just take what's on top. Once things quell it'll be more like a marble cake..