Something seriously went wrong at Boeing around 2003 or so.
I believe Boeing have been doing exactly what they should with the 737.
There has been no point, in the last decade, to pull the trigger on a 737 replacement.
First of all, it has been selling like happy meals. And the technology just wasn't there to justify a costly clean sheet design given a significant portion of the benefits were obtained through an engine upgrade alone.
No manufacturer can have the latest and most efficient designs covering the entire market.
They would just have marred themselves with more debt and engineering load at a time when what they needed to do is get the 787 program together and get some cash flowing in.
Now, thanks to its genetic size advantage over the 737, the A320 family is slowly pulling ahead as the narrowbody market's sweet spot is moving from ~180 to ~220 seats. But even the 32x is reaching the limit of what its corpulence can do. It is best to wait for the technology to improve and allow for a definite advantage over the competition before investing billions. Airbus will probably not be interested in going clean-sheet for a little while, so Boeing will be in the best position to launch the MoM first when the time is ripe.
As for Airbus, It's understandable that they're not going for the A322... It would only compete with the A321!
But I'd bet that if Boeing decided to launch a bigger successor to the 737 tomorrow, that decision would be reversed in a hurry.
The form of that announcement is a bit bombastic and arrogant, but that's just Leahy's cocky showmanship.
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I'll do my own airline. With Blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the airline.