Boeing vs Airbus – How Do They Compare – Airplane Company Comparison


On New Year’s Day, 1914, the world’s first
commercial airline (not including Zeppelins) called the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat took
off to great applause and carried its passengers on a 21-mile (34-km) journey from the bay
of St. Petersburg to Tampa. The journey took 23 minutes and the plane
got up to speeds of 64 mph (103 km/h). Sounds slow to you maybe, but that short trip
would have normally taken a car 20 hours, a steamboat over 2 hours, and the train somewhere
between 4 and 12 hours. Flying was the way to go. While in Europe, soon after, wing aircraft
airlines popped up (KLM founded in 1919 is still running today), it wasn’t until the
30s that you saw airliners that resemble the ones you see today. And today we are going to talk about two airliner
kings, in this episode of the Infographics Show, Boeing vs. Airbus. One of the first airliners that does 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 (6,000 m),
way above all that bad weather. This first flew in 1938, but it was introduced
as a passenger airliner for Pan American Airways in 1940. But who is this company Boeing? The American aerospace company is called the
world’s largest. No doubt you know that already if you fly
a lot. It’s not just a company helping you to get
to that beach holiday in Thailand next year, but it also works with developing technology
for space flights, armed aircraft, and missiles. This company is diverse, so we must remember
that while its main focus is commercial travel, it’s also helping to launch rockets into
space, missiles on people, and helping F-22 Raptors to fly at super-fast speeds. The company was created in 1916 by a Mr. William
E. Boeing, who was an American timber merchant. It was called the Aero Products Company for
around a year, and then the name was changed to Boeing Airplane Company. It built those flying boats we discussed in
the intro for the US Navy. 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 Air Mail 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 we mentioned
earlier. In a moment, we’ll talk about statistics
and the size of Boeing, but first, let’s look at the history of Airbus. As we said, 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. Actually, some people say the Russian “Sikorsky
Ilya 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, in fact, 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. The fierce rivalry had started. It’s a close one, too. It’s said that 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. Forbes wrote in 2018 that these two companies
will be getting orders like never before, too, as so many more people are flying these
days. The need for new planes in unprecedented,
said Forbes. We are also told that Airbus plans to build
60 A320neo jets per month around the middle of 2019. Boeing says it will build 57 737MAXs 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,”
said the article. It’s close, but in 2018, CNN wrote the headline,
“Airbus wins sales race with Boeing for 5th straight year.” The race is so close that these companies
really don’t like each other, with each accusing the other at times of being below
standard. This is not a harmonious duopoly. But let’s look at some more facts:
According to Forbes ‘world’s biggest companies’ list, while the current size of these companies
is almost neck and neck in some respects, Boeing is the bigger company by far. It’s 52 on the list, with $95.8 Billion
in sales, $9.2 Billion in last year’s profits, $113.5 Billion in assets and $199.5 Billion
in market value. Airbus was at number 101, with $74.7 Billion
in sales, $3 Billion in last year’s profits, $138.3 Billion in assets and $92.1 Billion
market value. We can’t talk about all the planes these
companies make, but let’s talk about their biggest sellers and also their crème de le
crème. We already know about how close orders are
for the most popular aircraft of Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, but which is better? USA Today interviewed a pilot who had flown
both planes and he said that the Airbus 320 is both more comfortable, has more space,
and is quieter. He also said they both fly at around the same
speed. He said he preferred the Boeing when it was
windy, but overall both planes were quite similar. In Salon, another pilot pitted the planes
together and he too said there wasn’t much in it. The best Airbus plane he said was the A340
which he gave an A- to, and the best Boeing plane was a 787, which he also gave an A-
to. He did give the 737 the edge over the A320,
though. Another pilot said this, “Having piloted
both the Airbus and Boeing aircraft, I am often asked which airplane is better. From a passenger’s perspective, both are
equally safe and comfortable, effectively getting you from point A to point B. From
a pilot’s perspective however, I’m of the opinion that the Airbus A330 is a notch
above the Boeing 777.” What about crashes? AirSafe gives the order of safest aircraft
since 2009. It goes like this (from safest to least safe):
Airbus A340 Embraer 170/190
Boeing 747-400 Boeing 737-600/700/800/900
Airbus A320 (includes A318, A319, A321) As for the best… or do we mean biggest? The Airbus 380 is the biggest passenger plane
in the world and carries up to 544 passengers. It’s also 40% larger than the Boeing 747-8,
the next biggest plane. The problem is, these flying behemoths are
not very popular with airlines, with the Telegraph saying in 2018 that if the 380 does not fly
at full capacity, it’s not worth flying it. They have suffered in terms of orders, but
the 747-8 is also suffering. Maybe double-deckers are not the way to go. As Bloomberg writes, “To most airlines,
the double-decker remains an exotic addition at best, rather than the backbone of a long-distance
fleet.” Ok, so from all this you know that Boeing
is the company that is worth more and seems to be making more money, but that 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 plane, but then Boeing’s history is far more impressive. As for safety, there isn’t much difference
between the two companies. So, which one do you think makes better airplanes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Also be sure to check out our other video
US Navy vs British Royal Navy, how do they compare. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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100 Replies to “Boeing vs Airbus – How Do They Compare – Airplane Company Comparison”

  1. Yeah totally deliverying 60 A32neo. Dude, aviation videos can never have mistakes cause you will be caught.

  2. If you have seen the anniversary videos the companies have made for each other, you would see that they do have some sort of respect for each other

  3. i bet these figures has changed since the disaster of the 737 Max. I am sure market values in favour of airbus

  4. Well as a passenger I’ve flown many times in both machines. Boeing is convenient, but I prefer Airbus. It seems a bit bigger for human eye and flies faster. I am talking short-haul flights, because I haven’t flown Boeing long-haul.

  5. Pilots are not engineers. They fly the machines, they have no idea which one is "better". Only which is easier or funner to fly.

  6. how the heck does a car take 20 hours to get to tampa from st Petersburg that doesn't make sence

  7. Boeing is only more profitable due to its military and space endeavours. Personally both great but as for passenger comfort I'd go with airbus.

  8. 0:31 KLM was founded in 1919 and is still running today

    Me: giving my dad a trip with klm in september because its his birthday

  9. I am for Airbus any day. For example, Hudson "landing" would not have been possible if the aircraft involved was not a fly by wire Airbus.

  10. unprofessional video. poor animation. could have done more research than just look at Wikipedia and putting it all in a video.

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