Airbus now, by some measures, is the No. 1 airliner company in the world...
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June 3, 2019 - by Scott Hamilton for leehamnews.com
Airbus and Embraer are 50 years old this year.
Airbus broke out the party hats last Wednesday. It arranged a formation flying of all its in-production aircraft, including the Beluga XL. It launched a website microsite with its history. A new book, Airbus, The First 50 Years, has been issued. A celebration is planned for the Paris Air Show.
Embraer's anniversary is Aug. 19, so at this point, its party plans haven't been solidified, but there will likely be something at the Paris Air Show. Embraer plans to have its new specially painted E195-E2 at the air show.
The first 50 years
Airbus now, by some measures, is the No. 1 airliner company in the world.
In most years in the recent decade, Airbus landed more orders than arch-rival Boeing. But Boeing, several years ahead of Airbus with the 787 vs the A350, and for many years a broader wide-body offering with the 777-300ER and cargo aircraft in the 767 and 777F leading the way, often out-delivered Airbus.
Airbus clearly has the better single-aisle product line in the A320neo and A321neo, vs the 737-8 and 737-9/10.
Competition between the 737-8 and A320neo tends to be about even. But the A321neo clearly is the preferred choice over the 9/10 MAX. The market has spoken clearly, ordering the 321 by a ratio of typically 3:1.
It's a far cry from Airbus' first 35 years...