Buy an airplane in 2006

The first Boeing 777-200LR was scheduled for delivery in January 2006.

The first Airbus A380 was scheduled for delivery in March 2006, but then delayed.

Range Airbus

Passenger capacity





6.800 km A319


B 737-600

5.650 km


B 737-700ER

10.200 km


B 737-700

6.100 km

5.400 km A320



B 737-800

5.500 km


B 737-900

5.000 km

5.600 km A321


B 757-200

7.200 km


B 737-900ER

5.900 km

8.000 km A310


B 757-300

5.500 km


B 787-800

15.700 km


B 767-200ER

12.400 km

14.800 km A340-200


3.900 km A300


11.850 km A330-200



B 767-300ER

11.300 km

12.400 km A340-300


B 767-400ER

10.300 km


B 777-200LR

17.500 km

16.000 km A340-500


8.600 km A330-300



B 777-200ER

14.000 km


B 777-300ER

14.500 km

13.900 km A340-600



B 747-400

13.200 km


B 747-400ER

14.200 km


B 747-800
15.000 km A380-800


Aircraft orders untill january 2006:

Under 250 Above 250 Above 500 Above 1000

The Airbus A330/340 was introduced in commercial service in 1993. Boeing already had the 767-300ER since 1988 and the 747-400 since 1989 and introduced the 777 in 1995.

By 2006 the sales of the 747-400 as a passengers aircraft had stalled and Boeing had launched the 747-800 freighter, with orders from Cargolux and UPS.

The Boeing 777-300ER, 777-200ER and the Boeing 777-200LR can carry over 300 passengers depending the variant  between virtually any two cities in the world and these aircraft are sell much better than the Airbus A340-600 and A340-500.

On top of that Boeing sells the 787-800 Dreamliners, for delivery starting in 2008, that can carry over 200 passengers with a range (15.700 km or 8.500 nm) that connects almost all city pairs in the world. The 787 certainly replaces the 767, and also the A310, A300-600, A330-200 and A340-200.

The 2-engined Airbus A350 was launched in 2005 and based on the A330 to compete with the  787 Dreamliners and 777, as the 4-engined A340-200, -300, -500, -600 were no solution to compete.

The Airbus A380 was designed to beat the economics of the Boeing 747-400, but it is certainly not selling as good. The range of the A380 resembles that of the Boeing 747-400, available since 1989, and not selling well and no longer offered as a passenger aircraft anymore in 2006.

As the Boeing 747-800 will probably have a range that resembles the 777 and 787 range, Boeing will be able to offer airlines aircraft for 200, 300 or 400 passengers that can connect most city pairs in the world.

The Airbus Consortium is selling the A320 family of aircraft, for between 100 and 200 passengers, Boeing is competing the A320 family with their Next Generation 737.

Boeing can't offer what the A380 has to offer: over 500 passengers and 15.000 km range. It's the idea of Airbus that the A380 will give airliners a considerble lower cost per seat.

But Boeing can offer the Dreamliner as a seize between single aisile A320 or 737NG and B777 widebody. I think the A310, A300-600, A340-200, A330-200, A321,  and  will be hard to sell against the 787 competitor from Boeing: the Dreamliner. Airbus will develop the A350 to compete here.

In the market for aircraft for around 300 passengers the Boeing 777-200ER, 777-300ER and 777-200LR sell much better than the A330-300, A340-300, A340-500 and A340-600. Airbus has no answere yet how to compete here.

Boeing has launched in 2005 the 747-800i to compete with the A380.

Boeing has stopped the production of the 757, but over a 1000 757 are still in service. Boeing might be going to develop a new concept to replace the 757 and 737: the 797, which would enable Boeing to compete more with the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

The new concept could include the possibility of increased range. If there is a small aircraft that can fly intercontinental, there might be a market for that. The Boeing 757-300 and A300-600 didn't have a market anymore round the new millenium. They have the seating capacity of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In short and medium range the market was for smaller aircraft and more competition and frequency.

With 787 (200 seater),   B777 (300 seater) and   747-800 (400 seater) Boeing can offer airlines all the range they might want for any capacity requiered by airlines. If a long range 797 would be a 100 seater, Boeing could also offer it as a 150 seater medium range aircraft to compete with the A320. The B 737-700ER already has an impressive range.

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