During yesterday’s tele-press conference by Boeing with a program update for the 737 MAX, 737 chief program engineer John Hamilton frequently said the MAX has a 7% operating cost advantage over the A320neo.
He also touted the advantages of the 737-900ER over the A321, with the obvious implications that the 737-9 MAX will have an advantage over the A321neo.
Here is a recap by the Puget Sound Business Journal (there are many others which may be found through Google News).
AirInsight, our affiliate, has written several pieces of the 737NG and 737 MAX vs the A320 family, both legacy and NEO.
See the following articles for additional color on this debate.
Airbus takes on MAX. This was the report from a briefing Airbus gave AirInsight at the ISTAT Barcelona conference in February in September. It focuses on why Airbus believes Boeing can get only 8% fuel burn improvement with a 68 inch CFM LEAP engine rather than the 10%-12% Boeing advertises.
How does MAX compare? Taking an independent view of either Airbus or Boeing, AirInsight’s Ernie Arvai does his own economic analysis of the two airplanes based on what was known about MAX (which, we will note, still has a lot of ambiguity around it–such as no weights are known).
The Compromise. This looks at the issues surrounding the engine for the MAX.
Comparing the 737-900ER and A321neo as 757 replacement. The A321neo is better than the 737-900ER as a replacement for the 757. (At the time, MAX had not been launched.)
AirInsight also published studies on the re-engining programs.
We also wrote several pieces on point in our column:
Boeing claims MAX is better than each NEO. John Hamilton’s theme yesterday continues the Boeing messaging that has been around since pre-Paris Air Show.
The X-Factor, this time at Boeing. Our report of the launch of the MAX in August. Note that Jim Albaugh said final design details were a few weeks away. Now Boeing says the final design details won’t be ready until 2013.
Odds now favor 737RE. We were the first outlet to report Boeing was likely to abandon the NSA in favor of a re-engined 737.
737RE study very much alive. We led the industry on this topic, too.
Boeing thinking still up in the air. One a short time before our “Odds” piece, Boeing still favored the NSA. This shows how quickly thinking shifted.
737RE: early fuel burn analysis. Self-explantory.
COC and DOC. This is a particularly useful post and goes to the root of Boeing’s claims its airplanes are better than Airbus: total Cash Operating Costs vs Direct Operating Costs.
A320 v 737-800 fuel burn. Also self-explanatory.