Is Boeing or Airbus Better? We Asked an Airline Pilot
The corporate rivalry between Boeing and Airbus is the one of the most heated on the planet.
The American planemaker and its European rival share the market for large airliners almost 50/50, based on deliveries in 2018, and fight tooth and nail to beat one another. Last year, Boeing delivered 806 jets to customers while Airbus set a new company record with 800 deliveries.
While many flyers may not be able to tell the two apart at the gate, pilots know there's a big difference. And there are two very different philosophies behind how they fly those two brands of airplanes.
That's not to suggest that one approach is better than the other.
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger partially attributed his safe landing at the controls of US Airways 1549 to the Airbus computer protections that aided the aircraft's engineless glide into the Hudson River.