A brief look at the history of Airbus, and the history of Boeing. Comparing Airbus vs Boeing, in terms of assets, profits, market value, etc. In the end, having a look at the safest passenger aircraft.
History of Boeing
- One of the first airliners that resemble planes you see flying through the skies daily today, was the Boeing Model 247. At the time, this was a highly advanced piece of machinery, replete with control surface trim tabs (something to control flaps), auto-pilot, and de-icing technology.
- This was the start of things to come, but it couldn’t climb to a high altitude. So, Boeing created the Model 307 Stratoliner, which had a pressurized cabin that allowed it to reach heights of 20,000 ft (6000m), way above all that bad weather. The first flew in 1938, but it was introduced as a passenger airliner for Pan American Airways in 1940.
- The American aerospace company is called the world’s largest. It also works with developing technology for space flights, armed aircraft, and missiles, but its main focus is commercial travel. It is also helping to launch rockets into space, missiles on people, and helping F-22 raptors to fly at superfast speed.
- The company was created in 1916 by Mr. William E. Boeing, who was an American timber merchant. It was called the Aero Products Company for a year, and then the name was changed to Boeing Airplane Company.
- In the 1920s, it moved into Airmail Services, went through several name changes and expansions. gobbling up smaller aircraft makers.
- In 1934, because of antitrust legislation (the airmail act of 1934), Boeing wasn’t allowed to be both a manufacturer and a transport company. It stuck with manufacturing, as you know, and in the 30s evolved and made numerous armed aircraft as well as those airliners mentioned above.
History of Airbus
- While Boeing was making hay over in the USA, the Europeans were designing their own passenger aircraft. Everyone once said there’s no way metal can fly, then the German Hugo Junkers’ metal plane took off in 1915, although some say the first metal aircraft was Romania’s A Vlaicu III.
- The world’s first jet engines were developed in Germany and Britain, so not surprisingly Boeing wasn’t by itself in developing airliners. Some reports say the Russian ” Sikorsky Liya Muromets ” was the first passenger aircraft.
- Europe was thriving in aircraft technology, and in the 1930s, passenger airlines sprung up, such as Imperial Airways in the UK, Lufthansa in Germany, and KLM in the Netherlands. But it was Boeing who led the way with designs of airliners, and that’s pretty much how it stayed for many years.
- Right now, you have numerous manufacturers around the world, such as Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation, but there is one company competing with Boeing in some respects and that’s Airbus, a coalition of companies from France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. It was created to compete with the Boeing empire.
- The consortium started in the 1960s, but really got going in the 70s and 80s. It was still quite small during those decades, but in the 2000s things really changed, and a number of years throughout that decade Airbus was for the first time getting more orders than Boeing.
Airbus vs Boeing
- The fierce rivalry had started. From 2007 to 2016, Airbus received 9,985 orders and delivered 5,644 planes. During the same decade, Boeing had 8,978 orders and delivered 5,718 planes.
- The need for new planes is unprecedentedly increasing. Taking the needs into consideration Airbus planned to build 60 A32 Neo jets per month around the middle of 2019. Boeing said it had built 57 737max per month during that time.
- Boeing currently has 4,615 outstanding orders for its 737 family, while Airbus holds a 6,126 jet backlog for its A320 series.
- In 2018, CNN wrote the headline, ” Airbus wins sales race with Boeing for 5th straight year”.
- Let’s look at some more facts
- According to Forbes ‘World’s biggest companies’ list, while the current size of these companies is almost the same in some respects, Boeing is a bigger company by far.
- As per the biggest, the Airbus 380 is the biggest passenger plane in the world and carries up to 544 passengers. It is also 40% larger than the Boeing 747-8 the next biggest plane.
- From all these facts and information you know that Boeing is the company that is worth more and seems to be making more money, but the Airbus is winning in terms of orders. As for how they fly, pilots seem to see them as almost equal with perhaps Airbus getting the upper hand. Airbus also wins for having the most luxurious and largest planes. As for safety, there isn’t much difference between the two companies.
Safest Passenger Aircraft since 2009
- Airbus A340
- Embraer 170/190
- Boeing 747-400
- Boeing 737-600/700/800/900
- Airbus A320 (includes A318, A319, A321)