Boeing’s Disaster Could Turn China Into Aviation Superpower
For decades Boeing and Airbus have operated the world's largest duopoly, dominating commercial aviation. The Chinese will end that
April 15, 2019 - by Clive Irving for thedailybeast.com
Boeing's mishandling of the MAX-8 crisis could well end up giving the Chinese a chance to do something that no other nation has successfully achieved: break the global duopoly in commercial airplanes of Boeing and Airbus.
Boeing is desperately trying to limit the damage to its reputation caused by two catastrophic MAX-8 crashes in five months. As it turns out, the greatest long-term harm to the company's business is likely to be in China.
China will be able to exploit this opportunity to establish the C919 as an Asian-built airplane that will be supported by the world's largest domestic airline market. The conservatism of its design will be seen as a virtue if it proves to be competitive and reliable. And the Chinese designers have already moved on...