parapente wrote:IMHO MOM is simply a Boeing PR invention. They cannot say the market needs a one class 240 seater / a 2 class 200 plus seater that can cross the pond and more (which is the market ).Because that is what Airbus have managed to achieve already! So they 'invent' a slightly bigger MOM plane with a slightly bigger range and say 'thats what the airlines really want'. It fools no one - hence they are really looking at the MAX 10 which would be an A321LR equivalent. The real danger for them is that one is starting to see LCC's moving to the A321 NEO (esp in Asia).If that trickle becomes a flood they are in a dark place and they know it.
Unless a major portion of the market does want something larger with more range. A 5000nm design range centered around Southeast Asia puts the entire Asian and Australian continents in range, along with the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East and eastern Africa.
If Asia is "where the traffic is" in the future, a plane larger than the A321 and smaller than the A330 with better economics than both could be of significant interest - and consummate orders. And a stretched A321 or LGW A330neo would not be an effective answer. So Airbus would be forced to respond with their own clean-sheet design or risk losing a potential large market (2500+ frames?) to Boeing.