- Note: It’s impossible to keep up with the changing and leaking information. Just do a Google News search for the latest.
The situation today remains fluid and often contradictory. News stories, and our own information, agree that a split order is coming from American with Airbus and Boeing but contradictory information is flying about as to which company comes out with the majority of the orders.
But here’s the outcome, as we see it:
Flightblogger confirms American will announce a big single-aisle order Wednesday.
We understand it will be a split between Airbus and Boeing. We think we have a basic understanding of the broad details but not yet solid enough to go into print. We’re working on it.
Wednesday is also American’s 2Q earnings call. The announcement is expected before the call, so expect lots of conversation on the call. The webcast information is here.
In the rapidly changing situation at Boeing over the future of the 737 class of aircraft, it appears almost certain that Boeing will move forward with a re-engine of the 737 and follow it with the New Small Airplane a short time later, under the current thinking.
We reported the possibility Boeing may do both June 15, becoming the first outlet to do so. This posting explains the rationale. Boeing recognizes that the 737 must be replaced, regardless of the re-engining.
Whereas the prospective EIS of the NSA was 2019-2020, we now have learned 2021 would be the new target date. We reported yesterday the NSA had moved from 2019-2020 to the 2020-2025 period but “closer” to 2020.
The 737RE EIS is now targeted for 2017. Fuel burn target is the A320neo minus a couple of percentage points. As we reported this week in another post today, Boeing figures the all-in cash cost gives the 737RE an 8% advantage over the A320neo.
Things are moving very rapidly in the American Airlines competition, with the situation changing since Friday. Updates since the article below was published yesterday in Commercial Aviation Online:
- It appears Boeing will clarify (and this time, really) the preferences for the 737 re-engine over a new airplane as early as the July 27 earnings call.
- According to this Wall Street Journal article, Boeing is offering the 737RE to American. As recently as last Friday, we were told the 737RE was not being offered.
|Source:||Commercial Aviation Online|
Re-engining the 737 is gaining momentum at Boeing in recent months and is now at a point where it is likely the manufacturer will choose to go this route, according to sources with direct knowledge of the OEM’s thinking.
The sources remain unidentified because they are not authorised to speak about the programme.
A Boeing spokesperson would only say, “The Next-Generation 737 is the better product, is currently being delivered and is making money for customers. We continue to look at our options until we’ve decided what decision is best for our customers.”
A recommendation from Boeing Commercial Airplanes to the board of directors currently is anticipated for the August meeting, although the situation is fluid and timing could change. But sources say Boeing could reveal the “direction” in plans within six to eight weeks from today, after the board meeting.
Bloomberg has this story about the competition.
Wall Street Journal has this story.
Here is a story we did for Commercial Aviation Online on the American Airlines aircraft order situation.
|Source:||Commercial Aviation Online|
Boeing has a major dilemma facing it in the hot competition with Airbus for a major order from American Airlines.
The deal could be decided as early as this week, and as of Friday, neither company was confident of the outcome. American wants to replace its fleet of more than 200 ageing Boeing MD80s and the large fleet of Boeing 757s. An order for between 200-250 aircraft is widely expected.