Aircraft List Prices: It took some doing, but we’ve collected the list prices of all the major commercial airplanes. The comparisons are interesting. We’ve tabulated these into seat categories.
List prices, of course, have no relationship to what customers actually pay. Discounts of 25%-30% are common and really good customers–like Southwest Airlines for Boeing–have been known to get discounts of up to 60%.
There are several notables in this list:
- Compare the pricing of the C919 and the MS-21 to the Airbus and Boeing products;
- Compare the Q400NG to the ATR-72-600;
- Compare Airbus to Boeing; and
- Compare CSeries to 737-600/700 and there isn’t that much difference; the gap is wider compared with Airbus.
Is there any particular point to this? Not really–it’s just one of those facts that intrigue us and a host of aviation geeks.
|Turbo Props||(Millions)||150-200 Seats|
|60-99 Seats Jets||A321neo||113.3|
|E170 AR||36.4||B737-9 MAX||101.7|
|E175 Std||38.6||Mid-Twin Aisle|
|E195 LR||45.6||Very Large Aircraft|
Breaking even–or not: Scott McCartney at The Wall Street Journal had this recent article outlining that it takes more than an 86% load factor for US legacy airlines to break even, while the carriers he calls “value” carriers break even at 79.3%.
This helps explain why airlines are packing their flights will fees and some make money only with the ancillary revenue.