So if the nose of the aircraft is sharp, it's probably a Boeing. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images, A page of a Boeing flight crew operations manual is seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 12, 2019. Airbus A330 vs. Boeing 777: Safety. The Boeing Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents Worldwide Operations tracks “hull-loss” accidents of worldwide commercial jets from 1959 to 2017. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. In general, the report shows a downward trend in the number of aircraft crashes, thanks in part to new technology onboard. The 737 was the best airplane I have ever flown in a crosswind. Though first built in 1963, here we have a quantum leap in safety. It keeps them both on their toes and producing top-notch products, so in the end the consumer is the winner. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Delays are causing an increase in Boeing sales/costing Airbus more money and over all is having a detrimental effect on Airbus. This caused a very unbalanced condition as the pilots were trying to command nose up. Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), 2 big reasons the plane is still grounded by FAA after crashes, Boeing software is fixed, now it's up to the FAA, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. In total, 346 people have died onboard a Boeing 737 MAX. This picture taken on March 11, 2019, shows debris of the crashed airplane of Ethiopia Airlines, near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The result was an aircraft family that prided itself on its safety, something that Boeing used to sell the Boeing Next Generation and MAX lines. Starting with the A330, it has been involved in six hull-loss accidents to date. As of 31 December 2017, the order of the airline models with the five lowest non-zero crash rates were: 0.03 - Embraer 170/190 0.06 - Boeing 747-400 Airbus commercial aircraft supports a fleet of over 10,000 aircraft operated by approximately 450 customers. Boeing 777 vs Airbus A350-1000. One pillar of Airbus’ safety enhancement activity is the safety process, which has been operational for 15 years. 2 big reasons the plane is still grounded by FAA after crashes, 737 Max: Boeing software is fixed, now it's up to the FAA. Other automatic trim systems have redundancy and a proven track record (they have been in use since the 1980s). Now, we can already hear the millions of keyboards typing away on how this article is completely and utterly incorrect, but this June 18, 2019 The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. The biggest shock … Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. We will put the A321neo up against the 737 MAX 10 since the latter has the closest amount of seats to the Airbus model.. The Airbus A320 series (0.21) and A330 (0.39) also have top safety records; while the Embraer E170 series has a crash rate of 0.24 per million departures. (Photo by Michael TEWELDE / AFP)MICHAEL TEWELDE/AFP/Getty Images, Family members mourn the victims at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at Hama Quntushele village in the Oromia region, on March 13, 2019. Several countries have banned the plane type from their airspace and many airlines have grounded their 737 Max 8 planes for safety concerns after the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed minutes after take-off on 10 March. As many countries face the second wave of … Financial performance: Airbus vs Boeing. Airbus models that are fatality-free include the A380 Superjumbo, which Airbus said it would stop making by 2021; the high-spec A350; and the narrow-body A320. In the framework of Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to safety, this website section is made available for the rotorcraft community. Other aircraft that have excellent safety records include the Boeing’s 777, 757 and 767 models, with a crash rate of 0.36, 0.2, 0.5 accidents per million departures respectively. EPA/STRINGER, A grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger plane of the Norwegian low-cost airline Norwegian is parked at the tarmac at Vantaa airport in Vantaa near Helsinki, Finland on March 13, 2019. Yours truly is a 757/767 first officer. A320 vs 737: Comfort Comfort often depends on the airline you fly, however, most A320s and 737s have their interior designed and manufactured at the Boeing or Airbus manufacturing plants. John Cox: I am asked this question frequently, it is very hard to answer. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. The 737 MAX aircraft has now suffered two fatal crashes in less than five months: the plane was also involved in the October 2018 Lion Air accident, which killed all 189 onboard. - A number of countries have banned Boeing's 737 MAX 8 medium-haul workhorse jet from their airspace in response to the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board. Airbus A330 vs. Boeing 777: Safety. The Airbus A350, operated by many airlines including Singapore Airlines is one of the world’s safest with a perfect record. 737 Max: Boeing software is fixed, now it's up to the FAA John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consulting company, Safety Operating Systems. It provides informative content related to safety management, safety culture and emergency procedures. The smallest is the 717 model, though this is really a derivative of the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 – itself descended from the DC-9. There are many lessons to be learned from the Max, many of which should help make the next generation of airliners safer and more robust. The nose, or the tip of the airplane, is another good sign to see if an airplane is Boeing or Airbus. With just 70 deliveries this year to date, Boeing is 169 shipments behind last year’s total for the first half of the year. It's no secret speculation around the safety and future commercial viability of the Boeing 737 Max weighed heavily on investors' minds. In the case of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, a sensor failed, causing its stabilizer trim to push the nose down. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Because many of the world's airlines are wholly or partially government-owned, aircraft procurement decisions are often taken according to political criteria in addition to commercial ones. Several countries have banned the plane type from their airspace and many airlines have grounded their 737 Max 8 planes for safety concerns after the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed minutes after take-off on 10 March. Next is the 787 Dreamliner, which was itself grounded shortly after entering service because of fears about overheating lithium-ion batteries. All passengers and crew aboard died in the crash. Bombardier's CSeries, the Airbus A320NEO and the Boeing 737MAX have only recently started to be delivered, so the in-service numbers are small. All of you are forgetting that Boeing models have more flight hours compared to airbus so lets wait and see till they have as many flight hours. Of the 55 models analysed by AirlineRatings.com, the safest were deemed to be Boeing’s 777, 717, 787 and 767/757, the Airbus A380 and A340, the … • The Boeing 777, Airbus A319 and ERJ- 145 have all recorded no fatal accidents to passengers or passenger fatalities. A320 has triple redundancy in systems like AOA and radio altimeter/ autoland vs Boeing double radio altimeter/ autoland and single aoa channel. The MCAS on those planes also lacked redundancy and did not have a limit on activation. The only exceptions for this are the Airbus A330 and A340, and Boeing's 757 and 767, which allow for simultaneous dual qualification. The rivalry between Boeing and Airbus continues on today. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Photo: Getty Images Airbus A321neo vs. 737 MAX 10. Both are reliable workhorses of our transportation system. Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 carrying 149 passengers and 8 crew was en route to Nairobi, Kenya, when it crashed on 10 March 2019 by yet undetermined reason. Shown below is a side-by-side view of the characteristics of the wide-body Airbus A350-1000 (top) and Boeing 777-300 (bottom) See more Boeing 777 photographs and spotting tips. The safety of the B737 relies on the experienced pilots from generation to generation who know all its qualities but also all its weaknesses. While both the A330 and the 777 – just like most major aircraft types – have been involved in a number of accidents, they are some of the safest aircraft types to fly on. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. • The Boeing 777, Airbus A319 and ERJ- 145 have all recorded no fatal accidents to passengers or passenger fatalities. Boeing and Airbus seek to exploit this by subcontracting the production of aircraft components or assemblies to manufacturers in countries of strategic importance in order to gain a competitive advantage overall. Defence and Security businesses, where Airbus has been weaker, can partially offset the effect for Boeing, whereas Airbus will have no similar offset. After the crash, which killed all 157 people onboard, the entire fleet of 737 MAXs have been grounded. The safety of the A320 relies on the automatic checklist like the B777, on the FBW, on the redundancies as a summary on Technology. Following last Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash, the safety of the modern Boeing 737 MAX aircraft has been brought into question. Boeing Vs. Airbus Stock. EPA/STR, A crew working with an investigative team to clear the site after the Sunday crash of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, carry debris at Hama Quntushele village in the Oromia region, on March 13, 2019. Boeing 767 vs Airbus A330. Cox: The 737 Max issues are very, very complex. It’s comparable to Coke vs Pepsi, McDonald’s vs Burger King and many other famous rivalries that exist between entities that are world class forces to be reckoned with. It's no secret speculation around the safety and future commercial viability of the Boeing 737 Max weighed heavily on investors' minds. The Boeing report does not include jets built in Russia or former Soviet bloc countries nor turboprop or piston-powered aircraft. But in the two MAX accidents, it was mispositioned by the aircrafts' Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft has come under scrutiny after similar deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia within a few months. Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 carrying 149 passengers and 8 crew was en route to Nairobi, Kenya, when it crashed on 10 March 2019 by yet undetermined reason. They include the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Other aircraft that have excellent safety records include the Boeing’s 777, 757 and 767 models, with a crash rate of 0.36, 0.2, 0.5 accidents per million departures respectively. Airbus commercial aircraft supports a fleet of over 10,000 aircraft operated by approximately 450 customers. Twice as safe as those in the four-way tie - and four times safer than the early 737- the Boeing 727 is good for two-million hours of flying per accident! Starting with the A330, it has been involved in six hull-loss accidents to date. Most of this content is the result of Airbus Helicopters’ collaboration with operators and national authorities. The Boeing 767 (top) and Airbus A330 (bottom) are twin-engine, wide-body airliners. The main landing gear on the Boeing 767 lean to the front, while those on the A330 lean to the rear. - An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on March 10 morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airlines said. According to a Boeing report from October 2018, there are nine commercial aircraft that have never recorded a passenger fatality: Boeing 717, CRJ700/900/1000, Airbus A380, Boeing 787, Boeing 747-8, Airbus A350, Bombardier C Series, A340 and the Airbus A320 NEO series. (Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP) / Finland OUTHEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images, Rescue workers search the site for pieces of the wreckage of an Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft near Bishoftu, Ethiopia, 13 March 2019. Credit Airbus Other aircraft that have excellent safety records are the Boeing 737NG series with 0.08 fatal crashes per one million departures (PMD), the Boeing 767 (0.10), the Airbus A320 series (0.10), the Boeing 777 (0.18), the Boeing 757 (0.20) and the Airbus A330 (0.19). Naturally, there are plenty of variants of each to choose from, and if Families of the victims were taken to the remote site on March 13, 2019, where the plane smashed into a field with 157 passengers and crew from 35 countries, leaving a deep black crater and tiny scraps of debris. Design philosophy and cost savings approach seems more safety oriented on the airbus. I like them both! Read more about the Airbus … (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images, FILE PHOTO: An American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8, on a flight from Miami to New York City, comes in for landing at LaGuardia Airport in New York, U.S., March 12, 2019. The Airbus A350, operated by many airlines including Singapore Airlines is one of the world’s safest with a perfect record. Boeing 727. The A320 was more comfortable on long flights, due to the larger flight deck and lack of a control column (it has a side stick). Airbus has been struggling to grow its revenues in the last five years, having registered a CAGR of 0.97% since 2014 compared to its rival Boeing, whose revenues grew almost three times faster, at 2.74%, over the same period. Credit Airbus. As Boeing reported 239 commercial plane deliveries in the first half of the year, a 37% fall, rival Airbus shipped 389 deliveries, up 28% on the same … - A Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all eight crew and 149 passengers on board, including tourists, business travellers, and "at least a dozen" UN staff. This competitiveness has helped shape the market, leading to better travel experiences for all. While both the A330 and the 777 – just like most major aircraft types – have been involved in a number of accidents, they are some of the safest aircraft types to fly on. The stabilizer trim system normally balances the aerodynamic forces on the tail. John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consulting company, Safety Operating Systems. 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I flew the Boeing 737 for 15 years and the Airbus A320 for six years and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. REUTERS/Baz Ratner, epa07434278 Rescue workers search the site for pieces of the wreckage of an Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft near Bishoftu, Ethiopia, 13 March 2019. Boeing and Airbus have reveled in a decade of airplane sales that outshined any other in history—but the period is ending on a sour note.. The Boeing report does not include jets built in Russia or former Soviet bloc countries nor turboprop or piston-powered aircraft. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Number still in service (outside the U.S.): 412 - A Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019, killing all eight crew and 149 passengers on board, including tourists, business travellers, and "at least a dozen" UN staff. The Airbus … Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Bombardier's CSeries, the Airbus A320NEO and the Boeing 737MAX have only recently started to be delivered, so the in-service numbers are small. Each had their strong points and their not-so strong-points. There’s no greater rivalry in the aviation world than between Airbus and Boeing, with the Airbus A-340 and Boeing 777 epitomizing this. Like any flight control system, the redundancy and testing must be robust for a trim system, manual or automatic. Boeing and Airbus delivered 10 and 36 commercial jets in June 2020 compared to 37 and 76 deliveries, respectively, in the same month last year. Altogether, the A321neo has a maximum capacity of 240, which trumps the MAX 10’s offering. How to tell the difference between a Boeing 777 and Airbus A350. Several countries have banned the plane type from their airspace and many airlines have grounded their 737 Max 8 planes for safety concerns after the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed minutes after take-off on 10 March. It shows that a suite of Boeing aircraft have never been involved in fatal accidents, Read our full mailing list consent terms here. All passengers and crew aboard died in the crash. Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 carrying 149 passengers and 8 crew was en route to Nairobi, Kenya, when it crashed on 10 March 2019 by yet undetermined reason. EPA/STRINGER, A heap of debris from the wreckage of an Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are piled at the crash site near Bishoftu, Ethiopia, 13 March 2019. Is the Boeing 737 Max safe? Families of the victims were taken to the remote site on March 13, 2019, where the plane smashed into a field with 157 passengers and crew from 35 countries, leaving a deep black crater and tiny scraps of debris. Boeings have sharper and more pointy noses compared to an Airbus. The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft has come under scrutiny after similar deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia within a few months. Smaller planemaker Bombardier's fatality-free models include the CRJ700/900/1000 regional jet and the C series. Further, the success or otherwise in highly scalable new businesses such as urban air commutation and local air cargo … The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft has come under scrutiny after similar deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia within a few months. Airbus’s fly-by-wire system makes the plane more automated and restrictive for safety sake as opposed to Boeing’s traditional yoke with fewer restrictions. Rudyard Kipling has answered your question already before the jet airliner age started. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Largest is the 747-8, a derivative of the 747 aircraft that turned 50 last month. As of July 2020, over 300 Boeing 737 Max and roughly 29 Airbus A320 family aircraft orders were cancelled. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. 737 Max: Boeing software is fixed, now it's up to the FAA John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consulting company, Safety Operating Systems. His poem is called “The Secret of the Machines”. One pillar of Airbus’ safety enhancement activity is the safety process, which has been operational for 15 years. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Aircraft, developed by other companies, but sold by Boeing or Airbus (such as the Boeing 717 and the Airbus A220) are excluded, as are modifications of particular base model (such as the Boeing 737 MAX 9 or the Airbus A321 – derivatives of the 737 MAX 8 and the A320 respectively). The Boeing 737 MAX 7 beats the Airbus A319 with its better range. All passengers and crew aboard died in the crash. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Check to see if the nose of the airplane is sharp and not round. Boeing Vs. Airbus Stock. The difference between a Boeing and Airbus’s control systems are very significant, which explains why pilots tend to prefer one over the other. Two popular wide-body jetliners are similar in overall appearance. Airbus aircraft are far safer than Boeing aircraft, this was an already pre-established fact before the recent MAX incident, but now during classic “Airbus vs Boeing” debates, Airbus fans are bringing up the safety record of the 737 MAX in comparison to the A320 and other Airbus aircraft! Rudyard Kipling has answered your question already before the jet airliner age started. 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