Airbus bets that a re-engined A320 will carry it through the next decade as Boeing studies its next move.
In 2030, the A320 airframe will be just aboutas old as the original 737 airframe is today. Perhaps that helps to explain Airbus’s willingness to proceed with a simple re-engining program that leaves it vulnerable to an all-new Boeing design that could be available 4-5 years after the A320neo’s planned service entry in 2016. It will be the ultimate sporty game of nerves and resources. The stakes are high, with Boeing estimating that the single-aisle market over the next 20 ...
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