Single-aisle passenger planes
Adds details, background By Tim Hepher PARIS, Feb 21 Reuters - Airbus has begun lining up tentative orders for a longer-range version of its A jetliner, seeking to exploit single-aisle passenger planes of hesitation at arch-rival Boeing over whether to develop a new model in a hotly contested niche of the airplane market.
The European firm is in detailed talks with airlines over the price and timing of the longer-range design - known as AXLR - and has pencilled in some orders subject to a formal launch later this year, industry sources said. Airbus is looking for draft orders before committing to build the AXLR, aiming to limit the space available single-aisle passenger planes a mid-market alternative single-aisle passenger planes Boeing hopes to launch in a gap between medium-haul and long-haul jets.
The middle of the jet market is at the centre of one of the most widely watched airplane battles for years, with potential sales valued at hundreds of billions of dollars over 20 years.
Boeing is aiming its lage egne singletter new to seat NMA at a niche previously served by two models: its owna long-range single-aisle jet, and itsa larger twin-aisle model.
Boeing dominates the upper end of that spectrum but has come under mounting pressure from Airbus at the lower end.
Last month it postponed a decision on whether to launch the NMA to fromthough it said it could still decide whether to single-aisle passenger planes the plane on a preliminary basis this year. It maintained its goal of seeing any new jet enter service in Facing a potential new competitor, Airbus plans a defensive pincer move with derivatives of two existing models: the Aneo and its souped-up sister versions - the ALR and the proposed AXLR - at the lower end and an upgraded A at the top end.
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Unlike the smaller Aneo, the upgraded Aneo has been selling poorly but received a hefty Emirates order last week. Under current plans, it would not carry any extra passengers, sources said. Experts say Boeing will likely argue that such a plane would have worse economics.
But Airbus is gambling that some airlines will be swayed by earlier availability - with the AXLR reaching the market years before the NMA - and greater certainty as Boeing takes its time to evaluate the business case for its ambitious new jet. Its strategy is to try to pick off one or two potential NMA customers, especially in the Single-aisle passenger planes States, and encourage Boeing to think again about launching a jet that could disrupt the market and dent single-aisle passenger planes record single-aisle passenger planes of sales for the A family.
Boeing has said its potential new plane will fly similar ranges or more but with greater comfort and at a lower cost.
New details emerge on proposed China-Russia widebody written by australianaviation. The details, first published by Aviation Week on May 23, show an aircraft with a fuselage However, the A has a narrower fuselage at 5. The dimensions are also broadly similar to the Boeing The aircraft is described as a long-range, twin-aisle passenger aircraft, with a potential range of about 6,nm and estimated capacity of passengers.