The two main international makers of aircraft, France-based AirbusSAS and US-based Boeing Co, plan to bring improved versions oftheir single-aisle aircraft to the Chinese market. The two manufacturers are working to find their first Chinesebuyers of the planes, Boeing’s 737 MAX and Airbus’ A320neo. According to a Boeing market analysis, China will need 3,550single-aisle aircraft by 2030, of which only 20 percent will beused as replacements. Airbus also forecast in February that the Asia-Pacific region willneed 5,720 single-aisle aircraft in the next 20 years and thatChina will be one of the main markets for those products. “Narrow-body aircraft always do well on high-frequency short routesand there are many such routes in China,” said Simon Booker,director of aviation department of the professional services firmKPMG Asia-Pacific.
The current single-aisle models produced by Boeing and Airbus wereall introduced in the 1990s. Rather than design completely new planes at a great cost, bothmanufacturers chose to improve the existing models, which alreadycommand a large market share. On April 11, Boeing released its conceptual design for the 737 MAX,an improved model of the 737 Boeing’s most popular line ofaircraft. By January, Boeing had received 9,800 orders for 737s andhad delivered more than 7,000 of them. Compared with current 737s, the 737 MAX will contain a larger andmore efficient engine built by CFM International, a joint ventureformed between divisions of the US-based General Electric Co andFrance-based Safran Group.
With the new engine and other design changes, the 737 MAX’s fuelcosts will be about 11 percent lower than the current 737 NGaircraft’s, said Randy Tinseth, vice-president of Boeing CommercialAirplanes’ marketing department. As the rising price of fuel and the demand for reducing emissionsbecome more important to the aviation industry, manufacturers areworking harder to make their aircraft more efficient. “A320neo’s fuel costs can be 15 percent lower than the current A320aircraft’s,” said Luo Chong, director of Airbus China’s airlinemarketing department. A320neo – the “neo” stands for “new engine options” – will givecustomers a choice of two different engines. One will be the sameas used in the 737 MAX and the other will be the PW1100G, which ismade by the US-based Pratt & Whitney Group. Led Reef Aquarium Lighting
Airbus’ decision to introduce the A320neo was made in 2010, almosta year earlier than Boeing released its plans to build the 737 MAX.The first A320neo will be delivered in 2015, two years before thefirst 737 MAX. The schedule gives Airbus an advantage in the two companies’competition to win international orders. From the end of 2010 tothe end of February, 24 airlines made 1,289 confirmed orders and266 commitment orders for the A320neo. Meanwhile, by the end of February, 1,000 confirmed and commitmentorders had come in for the 737 MAX. Color Changing Led Light Bulb And Remote Manufacturer
Media outlets have reported that Xiamen Airlines Co Ltd, which hasa fleet composed completely of Boeing aircraft, may be the firstChinese customer to buy the 737 MAX and that the two companiesdiscussed such a purchase when Che Shanglun, general manger of theairline, attended Boeing’s annual meeting in February. Meanwhile, Airbus introduced the A320neo to Sichuan Airlines CoLtd, which has an all Airbus-aircraft fleet, in April. “The A320neo is not an option that is out of the bounds ofconsideration for Sichuan Airlines since we are working on doublingthe size of our fleet by 2015,” said Zhong Bin, vice-generalmanager of Sichuan Airlines’ technical department. But the carrier has not ordered the plane yet and its purchasingplans for the next three years are already complete, he said. Even so, airlines still have many outstanding orders forsingle-aisle aircraft and thus still have an opportunity to modifythem in favor of the improved models. Outdoor Led Christmas Lights Manufacturer
Boeing is confident the 737 MAX will perform well in the market andJim Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, forecast thatChinese airlines will order 200 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft this year. Experts said manufacturers should pay more attention to Chineseairlines’ special demands. “Safety, price and after-sales services are all things Chineseairlines consider and both of the manufacturers can meet thoseneeds of airlines,” said Li Xiaojin, a professor at theTianjin-based Civil Aviation University of China. The list prices of the 737 MAX and A320neo are similar – about $95million.