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  1. David Huberman
    David Huberman at |

    Poor strategic planning by Airbus. 330 was their bread and butter (I assume, based on how many thousands of them are out there).

    1. Matt Doernhoefer
      Matt Doernhoefer at |

      It looks like they tried to replicate the 757 role and just missed.

    2. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      The 757 is significantly smaller and with a much shorter range. The A321neo meets about 90% of the 752 missions, though not nearly as sporty.

      The A330neo theoretically was to compete with the 787 and the A350 to the 777. But both Airbus and Boeing kept going bigger with their planes in addition to more efficient. On one hand that makes sense as airport and ATC congestion are real and pax count continues to grow. But that also assumes some historical trends like hub-and-spoke and smaller regional routes continue. With the much higher density of passengers in Asia (also where growth is fastest) a need for larger regional (4-6 hour trip) aircraft is pressing. Neither Boeing nor Airbus has a viable option dedicated to that segment. They both built for bigger/longer and that’s hurting now as there is too much overlap.

    3. Matt Doernhoefer
      Matt Doernhoefer at |

      The 757 is also a 40 year old design, so yeah, I’m sure the more modern airframes can fill the role. Still, Boeing is aiming their 797 at a mid-market aircraft between the 737 MAX and 787-8. I saw their preview images and it looks like they lopped 10 feet off a 787. No sonic cruiser for us I guess.

  2. henry LAX
    henry LAX at |

    totally agree on the 330neo Regional concept would’ve been MUCH better. Other than DL, no one else is all that excited about the 330neo.

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