In the 18 June issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology, we looked at the broad range of challenges on the agenda for Airbus and Boeing at this year’s Farnborough air show (read the full story here).
Among the top items on the agenda for both airframers:
MAX vs. NEO: After the Paris air show love-fest for the Airbus A320NEO, can Boeing make this the year of the MAX?
787: On the widebody front, we eagerly await Seattle’s decision on the fate of the -10X version of the 787 family. Boeing’s primary focus will be getting the 787 delivered into customer hands. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce recently aired his frustration at Boeing. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has also made his feelings known to Boeing, but he should be appeased now that the keys are almost in his hands.
777: Then there’s the 777X. What upgrades will Boeing make to keep its best selling widebody competitive against the Airbus A350-1000?
A330: Airbus, meanwhile, is considering launching another A330 initiative, a 240-ton maximum-takeoff-weight option, at the Farnborough air show. It follows the launch of the P2F program at the Singapore air show earlier this year.
Winglets: The European manufacturer will bring its A320 fitted with Sharklets (that’s winglets to us) to Farnborough. Will it commit to further fuel burn gains on the newer winglet design?
A350: With sales of the A350-1000 shrinking after Airbus announced a revision to the specification of the aircraft at the Paris air show, the airframer will be keen to turn around customer opinion at Farnborough.
A380: Sales of the super jumbo have slowed down of late. Airbus needs to up the ante at Farnborough to prevent its backlog from shrinking. For fans of the aircraft, Malaysia Airlines, the latest A380 operator, plans to display its aircraft at the Farnborough air show.