4/07/2005

Watch out Boeing here comes Airbus

Watch out Boeing here comes Airbus. The much awaited test flight of the worlds largest passenger plane is just around the corner. In the article “World’s largest passenger plane in ground tests” says that the double-decker Airbus A380 will make its first test flight later this month. This could be a major set back for our domestic aircraft manufacture Boeing. I only hope that Boeing has something up their sleeve to respond soon.

5 comments:

Fred said...

But don't we like a little healthy competition, especially as customers? It's a good thing that Airbus will be providing that addition to the market. Maybe they will have some good, new ideas that will help save on costs or something.

Ralph said...

Boeing has already answered back to the Airbus. Boeing recently debuted the 777-300 ER and the 777-200 LR. This will balance out the demand for large capacity jets.

Rex said...

The one problem with this is how long does it take to build an airplane, especially one of this size? It won’t be overnight. As I also understand it, the price game that plane manufactures play is with secret bids. I think there is currently some sort of scandal going on over this very subject right now. Airbus supposedly has under sold Boeing to get more of their planes out in the market. I think competition is good but only if the playing field is level.

Vincent said...

I think Boeing is doing just fine with their Boeing 7E7. The 7E7 is more fuel efficient and more aerodynamic and in a world of increasing fuel costs the commercial airline purchasers will be happy with the 7E7. Also the airbus is huge by today standards and airports do not have runways to accommodate planes with such a wide landing gear and with today’s airline industry as it is, airports will not likely have the funds to expand runways for the new Airbus. And if runways are not widened a minor yaw during landings can lead to the Airbus’ landing gear running off the tarmac, damaging the plane and the runway.

Dr. Tufte said...

-2 on Eric's post and -1 on Vincent's comment for spelling errors.

There is some decent game theory. Boeing has conceded the jumbo-jet market to Airbus in favor of smaller, faster, more fuel efficient airplanes.

Also, don't forget that Airbus has historically been heavily subsidized, and this is one of the primary reasons that other jet manufacturers (like Lockheed and McDonnell-Douglas) have gone out of business.