Jan. 16, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Airbus and Boeing continue to offer planes that nobody wants.
Well, almost nobody.
The aircraft remain on the published price lists of both companies, for reasons that passeth understanding. Nobody ordered the aircraft for years.
Airbus lists the A318 and the A319ceo for sale.
There hasn’t been an order for the A318 since April 2015, and that was for a business jet configuration. No order has come in for the A319ceo since December 2014.
Both airplanes are still there.
For years, Airbus listed the A340. The last sale on this airplane was November 2012, in VIP version. The last airline model was delivered in mid-2011.
The A350-800 is included in the current price list, but there is only one customer—Aeroflot—for the airplane, with just eight. At its peak, there were nearly 200 orders for the plane. But operating costs were projected to be the same for the larger A350-900. Program delays prompted Airbus to persuade customers to swap to the larger -900 or -1000, which also had the benefit of being more profitable for Airbus.
The current A330-200 and A330-800 remain in production offerings, but sales are at a snail’s pace. There are just 10 orders for the A330-800, most converted from the A350-800 by Hawaiian Airlines. The A330-200 has a backlog of 45.
Over at Boeing, it still lists the 777-200ER as a product offering. There hasn’t been an order for this model since December 2009.
“All of the airplanes on our pricing list are available for sale if a customer is interested,” a Boeing spokesman says.
Boeing quietly dropped the 737-500, 737-600 and 767-200ER from its prices lists, with no fuss nor fanfare. In contrast, Airbus announced discontinuing the A340 family in 2011. The last airplane, a VIP model, was delivered the following year.
Bombardier still lists the CRJ-700 in its price list, but there have been few takers. Likewise, Embraer still lists the E170-E1. There are few takers for this airplane and Embraer dropped it when designing the E2 family.