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As China freezes out Boeing, Airbus ramp grows output imbalance

Seeing an opening with uncertain Boeing product strategy, Airbus advances toward an A350 freighter. Possible buyers urge consideration of an engine from GE.

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Release Date
June 17, 2021
As China freezes out Boeing, Airbus ramp grows output imbalance
Los Angeles — The pandemic’s winter of self-preservation has given way to a summer season for fighting again between Boeing and Airbus, defined by the results of their long-term product strategies decisions, geopolitical turmoil and an acute industry hangover. The years that will immediately follow 2020’s industry collapse will be marked by a growing imbalance between once equally-matched plane makers, a measurable shift in the industry’s tectonic plates.

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Single-aisle jets dominate Airbus and Boeing’s focus. In formalizing its post-pandemic production plans, by year end, Airbus plans to build 50 single-aisle aircraft every month and is plotting a steep ramp up by mid-decade — nearly 90% higher than today. The picture looks different at Boeing, where 737 Max production will rebound to 31 each month by early next year following the jet’s protracted grounding, capped by outstanding re-certification of the 737 Max inside China.

“There is…very much a move that Airbus believes it is capturing a dominant share” with demand for variants of the A321neo, said John Plueger, Chief Executive of Air Lease Corporation in a one-on-one interview in Los Angeles with The Air Current last week. “So this is the time. This is the time to go for it. And that’s actually a very natural market decision to take.”

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