The Economist posted an interesting article last week considering whether Boeing should design a new aircraft to fill a gap in their product line currently occupied by the discontinued Boeing 757. The conclusion was that, due to the delays and cost overruns of the 787 Dreamliner program, developing a new aircraft would be risky for the company.
I found interesting the significance of wide-body airliners to Boeing's bottom line. The company earns 80% of its revenue from wide-bodies, though two-thirds of its production volume is comprised of narrow-body aircraft. The article makes clear the difficulties the 787's problems have caused Boeing.
I have never flown any Airbus equipment other than the A320 family, but I liked the aircraft. But, to be fair, unless you are in an international premium cabin, I am not sure there is a vast difference between domestic economy on a single-aisle aircraft. I am booked on an Airbus A340 for my trip to Europe later this year and I am looking forward to experiencing a new Airbus product
If you are an aviation geek or just like business analysis, take a few minutes and check out the piece from The Economist.