Who is leading the single-aisle market? Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier was asked that question here in Toulouse during the airframer’s Innovation Days technology briefing. His answer: “Everybody knows the NEO is better than the MAX.” He points out that Airbus has the lion’s share of the single aisle market (see my latest order update here). “Will it continue? When you have the best product, yes, it will,” added Brégier.
As for long-range aircraft. Brégier says the Boeing 747-8 is “an out-dated aircraft,” adding that Airbus has on average delivered 25-30 aircraft per year. “Would they need the 777X if the 747-8 was a good aircraft? No.”
Turning to the A350, Brégier says the new widebody will have the same performance as the 777-300ER, but with 25% less fuel burn. “Somebody said we don’t have the guts or appetite to launch an aircraft from the ground up,” Brégier quipped, “I think this is a brand new aircraft, not like the 777X which is a derivative of an existing platform.”
Taking a final dig at his competitor, he points out that the A350 is mature with limited technology risks. “I have no appetite at all to launch a grounded aircraft.”