Boeing, Airbus intense rivalry is hurting airlines | Airlines

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The recent challenges faced by aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing, marked by issues with Pratt & Whitney engines and Boeing’s design flaws, present a complex scenario for the airline industry, particularly in India.

The issue becomes pronounced as the commercial aircraft manufacturing sector is, in many ways, unique. It is wholly dominated only by two players, Airbus and Boeing. There are smaller players like Embraer, but most airlines use these aircraft for short-haul flights. Hence, commercial airlines must choose between the two and no one else for their flight operations.

Glitches cause operational uncertainties

Because of the increasing series of incidents, Indian airlines, which have heavily invested in fleets from both manufacturers, are now navigating a landscape riddled with operational uncertainties and heightened safety concerns.

Earlier this week, a report said an airline based out of the country discovered that a “washer” in the rudder control system of a 737 MAZ-8 aircraft was missing. An earlier report said that United Airlines and Alaska Airlines found loose bolts on their MAX-9 plug doors.

In the case of Airbus, the Pratt & Whitney engines, which IndiGo and GoAir opted for their A320 neo, have resulted in several aircraft fitted with these engines being grounded over safety issues. GoAir has claimed damages from the engine maker, claiming it incurred a loss of around ₹10,000 crore for the “defective” engines. The airline filed for bankruptcy later, stating that the issues with the engine were at the heart of…

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