Airbus has a lot riding on its A330neo program. This aircraft, in combination with the A321neo, provide airlines with a compelling solution to the widely defined middle of the market. Even Boeing is apparently looking at two models for it.
Whereas Boeing is working on a design but has nothing announced, Airbus has two aircraft to show. Airbus has another advantage, the A321neo is handily outselling the MAX models it competes with. Airlines know that the Boeing solution is likely to follow the 787 thinking – a new design, with lots of technology and lighter materials. But do airlines need this technology? More importantly, will they pay for it?