EvanWSFO wrote:I think in hindsight, Boeing will regret not moving on Bombardier before Airbus. I know they have a lot of irons in the fire right now. I'm a Boeing fan, but IMO the A220 series is going to bury the E2.
The A220 is the first mainline-sized clean sheet narrow-body in almost 30 years. This may be the plane that finally solves the 100-150 seat market conundrum. The A220-100 is 4 metric tons lighter than the A318, and the A220-300 is a whopping 7 metric tons lighter than the A319, and both are planes with greater than 3000 nmi range, although A220-300 has slightly less range than the A319 and A319neo. I'm surprised that Airbus has not canned the A319neo yet...when it could develop the A220-300 into a corporate jet as an A319(CJ) replacement.
Once costs of production can be brought down with improvements in the supply chain, I expect the A220-300 to sell a lot and be the dominant plane in the 125-150 seat class for years to come. Boeing's lawsuit on Bombardier over this was a mistake...they need to worry now that Southwest doesn't look at the A220-300 seriously, as they could operate this in Y145 with 32"-33" pitch and 18.5" seat width.