Airbus and Boeing are the two major players in the airplane industry, but that doesn’t make them the only ones. There are other companies that have recently risen up, with the aim to take on the two in the airplane development race.
And with the travel industry continuously growing faster than it ever has before, it shouldn’t be a surprise that other aircraft businesses are wanting a larger space in the commercial airline industry. Here are the notable ones that are challenging Airbus and Boeing:
Canada’s Bombardier is one of the top competitors for Boeing and Airbus, compared to any other airline company. Their planes are more fuel-efficient that can fly long-haul, thanks to its design, “mature systems and robust technology”.
Bombardier’s more notable C series jet offers the lowest seat per mile cost in relation to any regional jet and is the only single-aisle aircraft created to seat 100 to 150 travelers.
Its newest addition, the Global 7000 is now “the largest and the longest range business jet ever built, and is able to fly a full 300 nautical miles farther than its initial commitment,” according to the company’s recent Tweet.
Second in line is the Embraer, a Brazilian airplane company that has been in talks with Boeing on a merger for several months. Even if the two become one, it’s a company worth mentioning.
The most recent plane called the E-Jet E2 is one of the biggest wins for Embraer. With a staggered seat concept, spacious wide-cry interior design, easy maintenance, fuel usage reduction thanks to the new Digital Fly-By-Wire technology, the E2 is more cash-efficient compared to Airbus A320neo and the Bombardier CS100/300.
Third on our list is Japan’s Mitsubishi MRJ, which is used by domestic airline companies that have opted out of purchasing an Airbus or Boeing jet.
The MRJ had its first flight in 2015, but after several tests revealing errors, including inadequate wing strength and the redesign of the landing gear to be safer, mass production has been delayed by another two years.
Next is the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), established in 2008 for the country’s growing airline industry. The newest planes of COMAC are the ARJ21, which have been flying since 2015. Another 6,300 of these airplanes have been ordered, bringing in the company another $1 trillion in revenue.
The ARJ21 seats 90 passengers and can fly medium and short ranges, but it’s a lot more expensive to operate due to its weight and fuel consumption (more so than other Western airplanes).
One of Russia largest airline companies, Irkut, has designed an aircraft that rivals with Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. The most recent plane—MC-21—has advanced flight controls and carbon fiber technology that Boeing and Airbus jets do not yet have.
Irkut has been testing the MC-21 for a few years now and is going into production this year with a goal of delivering the first planes in 2020.
Last on our list is the China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation (CRAIC), which is a joint partnership between COMAC and UAC, established in 2016. CRAIC’s mission is to beat Airbus and Boeing in the widebody airplane race.
Currently, there is no name for their upcoming jet, and not much has been said about it. Nonetheless, CRAIC is looking to design a plane that can seat 280 passengers, and fly a distance of 7,500 or more miles. It’s been rumored that it will take another 8 to 9 years before we’ll ever witness the first test flight.