For years now the major story at the world's big international air shows has been the 'battle' between Boeing and Airbus for dominance in the airliner marketplace.
But which of the world's major airframe OEMs comes out on top when Innovata's ASK data is analysed? The two huge companies have gone head-to-head for decades and the results are at times surprising...but always fascinating.
Whether at Farnborough or Le Bourget, Dubai or Singapore, the Boeing versus Airbus story has been repeated ad infinitum. But now information supplied directly by the world's airlines to Innovata enables a new angle to be explored. Namely, how do the Europe v USA battle lines look when drawn-up in available seat kilometres (ASKs)? And which OEM rules the lucrative routes across the 'pond'?
These data paint an accurate month-by-month picture that is both fascinating...and telling. And while the raw data features worldwide seat availability, routes and airframes, Innovata's uniquely sophisticated software enables much 'hidden' information to be revealed...and now communicated for the first time.
The world's two major airliner OEMs dominate the market in both narrow body and twin-aisle turbofan airliners. And now that they have both announced re-engining projects for their single-aisle airliners (Boeing's B-737 MAX and Airbus' A320neo families) both companies are extremely keen for their narrow-body airframe to dominate the marketplace. That's also the case with twin-aisle airframes where Boeing's much-delayed - and much-vaunted - new B787 Dreamliner (the first example of which was delivered to Japanese launch customer ANA at the end of September) will soon go head-to-head with another entirely new airframe from Toulouse, the Airbus A350 XWB.
Boeing versus Airbus, expressed in ASKs:
Globally, including all aircraft types, single-aisle and twin-aisle, Boeing has considerably more ASKs than Airbus - 73.7bn compared with the European OEM's 48.7bn. However, it's interesting to note that while Boeing's ASKs total grew from 70bn, the equivalent figure from Toulouse was growth from 44bn. Between the two huge companies, their airliners represent 37.5% of the total market for Airbus and a staggering 56.6% for Boeing.
However, while the figure for Boeing is shrinking slightly, year-on-year (from 57.6 %in 2010) the comparable Airbus figure shows an increase from 36.2 %last year. There must be times when the world's 'other' OEMs become a little depressed when they realise that they are squabbling over a mere 5.9% (7.7bn) of ASKs worldwide!
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