BEGINNING OF THE END OF AIRBUS-BOEING DUOPOLY?
“While they will no longer have the market to themselves, we expect Boeing and Airbus to retain the lion’s share of the large commercial airframe market, with emerging competitors garnering only a relatively modest low single-digit share.” —Moody’s analys
IN APRIL THIS YEAR, the Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (DAL) ordered 75 Bombardier CS100 jets and that has really peeved the US defence and aerospace giant Boeing which has filed a complaint with US International Trade Commission of ‘unfair’ trade practices against the Canadian company, Bombardier Aerospace. The order has kind of shaken the US giant which holds almost duopoly commercial aircraft market with European behemoth Airbus. This could be the beginning of the end of the Airbus-Boeing duopoly.
Moody’s analyst Russell Solomon in a report “The Gloves Come Off as Boeing and Airbus Fight More Than Just Each Other for Share” has forecast “The beginning of the end of the long-running Boeing/Airbus duopoly is upon us.” Solomon said that “Bombardier has joined the ranks of the two big OEMs, and Embraer, in the 100-plus seat narrow-body market. For about the past two decades, the market for large commercial airplanes (100 seats or more) has essentially been a duopoly comprised of the Boeing Company and Airbus Group SE.”
“While they will no longer have the market to themselves, we expect Boeing and Airbus to retain the lion’s share of the large commercial airframe market, with emerging competi- tors garnering only a relatively modest low single-digit share,” states Solomon.
Bombardier’s steep pricing discount, earlier availability of the CS100 jets and perhaps the most technically proficient model available in its class may have been the swing factors. The C Series is the first that the Canadian company is pitting itself against Airbus and Boeing. The Canadian company has had turbulent times to net the level of sales as the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320. Despite the struggle, industry experts have acknowledged the performance, fuel efficiency and design of the CS aircraft. The CS100 is a 133-seater aircraft while the CS300 is a 160-seater, competing against the Boeing 737 MAX7 and the Airbus A319neo.
THE C SERIES IS THE FIRST THAT THE CANADIAN COMPANY IS PITTING ITSELF AGAINST AIRBUS AND BOEING
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