NARROWBODIES GETTING NARROWER: THE AIRBUS A220
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Originally meant to be a challenger to Boeing and Airbus, the A220 line of narrowbodies has now become the ace up Airbus' sleeve, in a troubled market. But it is also internal competition, in a way.
In 2011, when Boeing announced that they would develop a re-engined 737, Airbus breathed a sigh of relief. The European maker had announced months earlier that they would re-engine their own A320 narrowbodies. They simply didn't have the resources to start a clean-sheet design, like a scaled-down A350. What they'd feared was that Boeing would announce a scaled-down 787.
With neither company throwing a [completely] new player in the ring, Bombardier was on its own.
Having both the A320 and A220 series, Airbus is worried about...