The Airbus-Boeing Chess Game
With the Farnborough Air Show coming up, eyes will be on both companies to see what they do
2 April, 2018 - Leeham News
While Boeing edges toward a decision whether to launch the New Midrange Aircraft, the NMA or 797 as it's known, Airbus ponders how to respond—either pre-emptively or after Boeing's move.
Responding with an A321neo Plus is widely known, but it's also logical the Airbus would look at enhancements for the A320neo. Less likely but probably studied are also enhancements to the A319neo. Studies, after all, pre-date the agreement last fall with Bombardier to acquire 50.01% of the C Series program and Airbus clearly understood that the present A319neo is as unattractive as was the original design of the Boeing 737-7.
Modifying the 737-7
Boeing, of course, modified the 737-7 to add two rows of seats and make it a straight-forward shrink of the 737-8.
The "737-7.5," as Jon Ostrower famously dubbed it, puts the A319neo at a further disadvantage. With the CS300, the A319neo is the proverbial dead man walking.
Stretching the A321 and A320 has been fodder for the Internet airplane enthusiasts for years. A stretch of the A319 could also be undertaken.