The start of a new year usually stimulates positive resolve, with which Boeing and Airbus might summarize their intentions for 2010 in three words: “Must do better.” Both companies face near- and long-term product-development challenges, as well as opportunities.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » January 25, 2010
Japan Airlines (JAL) filed for bankruptcy on January 19, hammering home a sobering lesson for air carriers worldwide that the industry’s latest crisis is far from over–despite tentative recovery in traffic volumes.
Airbus and Boeing tallied their 2009 delivery totals this month and each managed to meet its respective target, giving the companies a chance to trumpet all-time records during a year that by most others measures was “challenging.” In fact, Airbus even met its projections for gross orders for the year with 310, worth $34.9 billion.
By the time the three examples of the Comac ARJ21 regional jet had accumulated some 220 flight hours by the middle of this month, China had proven that it could assemble and fly an indigenous airplane derived from a Western design. But the country’s aspirations to become a global aerospace power will demand more than an ability to adapt already mature Western technology to programs meant almost solely for domestic consumption.
Boeing is “assessing the market viability of the 787-3” after the only remaining customer for the type, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), converted its order for 28 of the planned high-density, short-range version of the 787 Dreamliner to an order for the same number of 787-8s.
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