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May 23, 2024
When is the Optimal Time to launch the A220-500?
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When asked about launching the A220-500, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer has publicly stated “it’s not if, but when”. Considering the “when” is therefore rather important. After all, the A220-500 as currently understood would be  ~160-seater with a range of ~2,500 nautical miles.  This is essentially what the A320ceo and 737-800 are today. Both models have been replaced by successors, with about the same capacity and more range. When is the optimal time to launch the A220-500?

Since Airbus gets to make the call, it is not as concerned with the A220-500 impact on the A320neo. As a senior Airbus manager once shared with us, “We don’t care if it’s an Airbus that replaces an Airbus – as long as it’s Airbus”.  Consequently, when the trigger gets pulled the target will be the 737.

When asked about launching the A220-500, Airbus COO Christian Scherer has publicly stated “it’s not if, but when”.  Considering the “when” is therefore rather important.  After all, the A220-500 as currently understood would be  ~160-seater with a range of ~2,500 NM.  This is essentially what the A320ceo and 737-800 are today.  Both models have been replaced by successors, with about the same capacity and more range. When is the optimal time to launch the A220-500?


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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.