Airbus’ A320 NEO won’t kill the Bombardier CSeries, a new study concludes, issued today by AirInsight.
The study, “The Business Case for the Bombardier CSeries,” which we co-authored, is discussed on the AirInsight blog.
The study began as an update to AirInsight’s report in December 2009 on the prospect of re-engining the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families. As Airbus COO-Customers John Leahy repeatedly asserted that to re-engine the A320 would kill the business case for the CSeries, AirInsight broadened its update into a full, in-depth study. AirInsight concluded that the business case for the CSeries is sound.
The study includes an economic analysis of the CSeries, the NEO and the 737NG. The CSeries has better costs than both and the NEO has better costs than the 737, AirInsight concluded.
The study also looks at Bombardier’s production model, market potential and calls for development of a 150-seat CS500.
The new study is 70-pages. It may be obtained here.
Meantime, here is an interesting read on the A320 NEO from BNet. It’s more pessimistic than we are, but he raises points to ponder.
Update, Dec. 6: Here is Part 2 of BNet’s critique of the A320 NEO.