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Airbus Versus Boeing = Global Competition…

 Airbus dynamic presence at Paris Air Show 2013, proves that the aviation industry can be a true locomotive for global economy, as the production of new aircraft creates new jobs. Additionally, when an airliner buys new aircraft, it serves international business needs, and proves current developmental trends in global economy:

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Airbus books almost US$70 billion at Paris Air Show 2013 – e-Travel Blackboard (press release)

At the 2013 Paris Air Show, Airbus won US$68.7 billion worth of business for a total of 466 aircraft, which shows the resilience of the commercial aviation industry. The deals comprise Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for 225 aircraft worth US$29.4 billion and firm purchase orders for 241 aircraft worth US$39.3 billion. The A320 Family, spearheaded by the A320neo, continues its trailblazing success in the single-aisle market with 371 orders and commitments from six customers announced at the show, worth approximately $37.8 billion. Of these, 88 were for the A320ceo – showing that today’s in-production aircraft is still the most sought-after industry workhorse. A stand-out commitment during the show for the A320 Family was the announcement from easyJet for 100 A320neos plus 35 A320ceos – the winning result of a very intense competition. Another major endorsement for the A320 Family came from Lufthansa with the firming-up of 100 more aircraft. Additional A320 Family orders and commitments came from: Hong Kong Aviation Capital for 60; ILFC for 50; Spirit for 20; and Tunisia’s Syphax Airlines for three – significantly the first A320neo commitment from Africa. Another star at Paris was the A350 XWB which flew for the first time on Friday 14th June 2013 and successfully completed its second flight on Wednesday 19th June. At the show this aircraft gained 69 more orders & commitments worth $21.4 billion from four customers on different continents. Air France-KLM placed a firm order for 25 A350-900s. Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines, already a large customer for the type, returned to order 30 more A350-900s; United Airlines also placed an additional A350 order for 10 A350-1000s — not only bringing its total A350 orders to 35, but also upgrading its previous order for 25 A350-900s to the larger A350-1000 model to replace its Boeing 777s. In addition, Sri Lankan signed a commitment for four A350-900s to complement an order for six A330-300s at the show. At the top end of the product range, the flagship A380 received a commitment for 20 aircraft from the world’s third largest wide-body lessor, Doric Lease Corp, in a deal worth more than $8 billion. The contract with Doric is significant as it opens up a new, additional route to market for the A380, which is now available to airlines who wish to acquire the aircraft under the flexibility of an operating lease agreement.

On the other hand, the A350 and 787-10 airplanes are to peak the competition between Airbus and Boeing for at least the next two decades:

 Airbus And Boeing: The Long-haul Battle Line – Leadership Newspapers

The successful initial airborne manoeuvres of Airbus A350 experimental test pilots Peter Chandler and Guy Magrin elicited immense relief and joy in Toulouse June 14. But the A350’s first flight just three days ahead of this year’s Paris air show also may well mark the end of an important chapter in aviation history. The new Airbus long-haul aircraft, along with the Bombardier C Series, are likely to be the last all-new, large commercial aircraft from Western manufacturers in a very long time. While Airbus and Boeing will be busy with development programmes for many years to come, they are focusing on derivatives such as the Boeing 787-10 launched last week, either having just delivered an all-new aircraft (the 787) or flight-testing one (the A350 ). The next all-new Western jet could be as much as two decades away, as the two air framers assemble their commercially successful A320NEO and Boeing 737 MAX offerings into the 2030s and work on further upgrades or stretches of the A350 , 787 and 777.  The manufacturers argue that technology is not where it should be to warrant further all-new concepts and the market success of their current and planned aircraft seems to push the next moves further out, if anything. Just how receptive airlines are to the re-engining and upgrading concept was demonstrated again by Embraer’s launch here of its next-generation E-Jets. Eight years after the A380’s first flight, Airbus is hoping to complete A350 flight tests and certification in 12-13 months. A350 flight-test aircraft MSN001 spent 4 hr, 5 min. in the air on its initial flight. It climbed to 10,000 ft. in 8 min. and remained in the 10,000-15,000-ft. range for 2 hr, 48 min. while the crew tested the aircraft first in the most basic version of direct law and eventually in normal law.  As Airbus moves closer to introducing the A350, Boeing is further broadening its wide-body offering in the medium-large twin segment. The long-anticipated 787-10 launch comes on the heels of 102 orders from five customers. The 787-10 is an 18-ft. stretch of the -9, allowing room for 40 more seats; Boeing says it will accommodate 300-330 passengers and have a range of 7,000 nm. Final assembly and flight tests are both to begin in 2017, with first delivery scheduled for 2018. There have been concerns that, as a double-stretch of the original design, the -10’s range might be insufficient for many carriers. And, interestingly, none of the otherwise eagerly investing Persian Gulf carriers is part of the launch group—many of their routes are too long for the aircraft. But the increased range and slightly higher maximum takeoff weight of 553,000 lb. seem to have assuaged concerns. Reinforcements in the wing-to-body attachment area and on the landing gear were needed to accommodate the increased weight. Engine thrust will also be slightly higher than originally planned. “The range covers 97 per cent of the wide-body city pairs of the world,” Air Lease Corp. (ALC) chairman/CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy points out. Its range will be 1,500 nm less than the-9’s.

More importantly, British Airways is to include in its flight schedule the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner on July 4th, after upgrading its long-distance fleet:

British Airways to launch Airbus A380, Boeing 787 on July 4 – Australian Business Traveller

British Airways will welcome the two newest additions to its fleet on Thursday July 4 with the launch of the flag-carrier’s first Airbus A380 superjumbo and Boeing 787 Dreamliner at London’s Heathrow Airport. The planes represent twin milestones for BA and are part of a ten-year A$8.2 billion upgrade to the airline’s long-distance fleet, which will include retiring the older and less fuel-efficient Boeing 747-400 jumbos. BA’s fleet modernisation program also includes six new Boeing 777-300ERs along with orders for a further 18 Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350 jets. “Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks” said BA Chief Executive Officer Keith Williams. British Airways will fly its Boeing 787 to Toronto beginning September 1, with London-Newark following on October 1. BA says the Dreamliner “will also be doing shorthaul flying to Stockholm” sometime after October 1.  BA’s Airbus A380 is slated for flights from London to Los Angeles from October 15, and Hong Kong from November 15. Ahead of their long-distance debuts, the Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s will also be rostered onto selected and as-yet-unannounced domestic and European routes.  BA’s twelve A380 superjumbos will carry 469 passengers across four classes. Most notable about BA’s superjumbo seating plan is that it splits business class over two decks – the first A380 configuration to do so.

Finally, the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft are setting the stage for future developments and global competition in the aviation industry. Airbus and Boeing seem decided to compete…

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