We are seeing the rapid retirement of a legendary name in aviation. Before long there will be no aircraft flying commercial service with the “Douglas” name . The graveyards are already full of these aircraft.
Even as this poignant moment passes, looking back, who benefited from the demise of Douglas? Let’s look at a few key markets.
The following chart shows that within the US, the winner was Boeing. (Note all 2013 data is through 2Q13.)
In Europe, it was Airbus which took up the Douglas share.
In the Middle East it appears Airbus won again, but with a strong 2013 showing for Boeing.
In the Asia-Pacific market, it looks like a close race between Airbus and Boeing, but we think perhaps Boeing has the lead.
Finally in the Latin American market it looks like Airbus took the Douglas share.