The Single-Aisle Space Race

As airlines tighten their belts, the need for an efficient fleet is more important than ever. Tom Batchelor examines the runners and riders in this ultra-competitive field

The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded since spring 2019 following fatal crashes involving two examples

While uncertainty continues to weigh heavily in many corners of the aviation industry, there is one rather meaty slice of the market where opinion is united: this is the era of the next-generation single-aisle jet. With Airbus announcing in February 2019 that it is wrapping up its A380 programme and Boeing confirming in late July that the final 747 is due to roll off the production line in 2022, manufacturers are increasingly focusing their efforts on narrowbodies to ply both short-and medium-haul routes.

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