Polot wrote:JonesNL wrote:UPNYGuy wrote:
I am a big proponent of that plane, but might that also speak volumes to the low overall output from airbus re: the A220?
The E2, 777, A330, etc. also had an overall low output and now have even an lower output.
Except for the E2 (which I’m not very familiar with re:production rate) those are all wide bodies though. What is considered “high” output for a wide body is very different than a narrow body.
The A220 has largely been untouched because it still has a strong backlog (stronger than E2) and it had a low production rate to begin with entering covid. Keep in mind that many A220s are not being delivered right now though (DL, for example, hasn’t taken one since early March).
I'll rephrase, the A220 was finally accelerating production to a level a narrowbody is viable. In aerospace, economy of scale is king. CFM certainly used it to drive up profits.
777 and A330 production survive off equipment long paid for. The E2 off the E175 production. Every plane pretty much needs 100+ per year to thrive.
With the, relatively, high A220 utilization during the last few months, that bodes well when orders return. But it is a big question of when...