Recent events are equivalent to a perfect storm for Boeing while at the same time presenting a rare golden opportunity for Airbus.
I’m not at all a fan of being a passenger on any single-aisle jet flying trans-Atlantic, but the A321neo is quietly yet aggressively winning this battle.
While Boeing is still struggling to get the 737 MAX recertified and back in service, Airbus is stealing the midsize/midrange single-aisle market. All the while, we still are no closer to seeing any meaningful progress on the MoM/NMA. We need a true market innovator to deliver a clean sheet design. Everyone is tired of evolutionary designs. It’s time to let the 737 die. It’s time for a revolutionary new design.
For the part about clean sheet designs I agree, although I am not into the Boeing vs. Airbus stuff. I think both (with exception to the max) build good reliable a/c. In fact the max itself I don't believe to be a total dud. Attempting to bypass training and a longer certification process they hid automation which was a big no no to do and then still not be fully forthcoming with it. The 737 went one step too far with taking 1960's technology and adding size and automation bandaids to it.
They tried to make it into the abilities of the 757, which most everyone likes, or liked since it started flying. If not a clean sheet you'd think they could have at least work on the 757 and the 767.
Airbus is more or less equally as guilty with neo's. People who like to fly like flying on their wide bodies, especially the A380 and the A340. The problem is they are not as profitable as expected or for as long as expected. Both companies are running into the problem of not having enough clean sheet designs. The modern planes of today take years to design and then years to go from the drawing board to being in service. I don't expect either to be able to push out new products at the rate that we had from the 1940' through the early 70's, but I do think the process could be made more efficient and less costly. These planes shouldn't be as expensive as they are. Not that they should be cheap, but everyone has their hand out for monster profits, including the passengers. The days of yore as far as flying... the tickets at the cost adjustment for inflation would be in many cases double what they are.
Yes, it was mainly white wealthy people who flew, at least routinely. It wasn't for the lower classes of people. Now, it is, in the economy sections. Most anyone can afford to fly at least a couple times a year in the economy sections. Whereas before commercial flying was expensive and designed for upper class people. Stop and think about it, 1st class offers more now than ever.
It never ceases to amaze me of the expectation game. Flying is safer than it's ever been why? Because they are built so much better with layer upon layer of redundancy. To build that, including the automation of today's modern airliner people complain about the very thing that has made flying safer than any mode of transportation by a practically infinite amount. Far more people and planes are in the air and every once in a great while they still crash. The reason it crashed if its automation its because there's too much of it. Pilot error. Because pilots don't know how to fly anymore due to automation. If it's mechanical then it's the greedy corps who put out unsafe planes to save money and don't care that people die.
Before all of the automation what caused such a greater amount of crashes?? Pilot error, (back when pilots knew how to fly) or mechanical issues (back when companies cared about a safe product and peoples lives.
Airbus and Boeing want or expect thousands of their newest dreamliners, or redone 40 y/o designs. But, they cost millions upon millions to be built therefore in order to make billions upon billions in profit sell these things at tremendous prices. Airline companies can't afford to buy them in the mass quantity they used to, so the planes they have are flying a good decade or more than they used to while at the same time are in the air 24/7
People are getting what they want as are the companies who build them and the companies who fly them companies make billions, just about everyone can afford to fly at least a little. They are safer than ever and EVERYONE COMPLAINS when a couple crashes in the space of 6 months. Boeing was at fault yes, although so was the airlines for putting these planes in the air despite a known problem, pilots could have made better choices as one crew did.
The complaining though, and I see and hear it so much from friends who don't know what they are talking about. Those whom I've flown with, same thing. A fair amount on this forum... lately I've been reading a little on a pilot's forum. Likely some of the drivers on this forum may be members of that forum too. Anyway, in just the delta section there is a 20ish page thread titled things passengers say. And it has given me much humor. The amount of ignorance of the flying public is just staggering. No doubt plane types and age come up. Pilots are too young, too old... it goes on and on one hit after another.
I'll end this as I've gotten a bit off track, but the relevance is still there. We want more clean sheet planes instead of 40+ y/o designs with modern tech and abilities far beyond what it was originally designed for. I do agree, but to get there, less complaining and realistic expectations would help.