I actually think chasing after XLR is suicide as well. It'll be more or less clean sheet with ton of upfront RD cost and late EIS + new production line.
That's why Boeing came up with the NMA in the first place - it would not be a true A321 XLR competitor, rather an aircraft reopening a market space previously served by the A300, A310, 767 and presently lacking a modern offering. They apparently couldn't close the business case.
Aviation Week reported this week Boeing appears to be developing a third member of the New Midmarket Airplane (NMA), dubbed the NMA-5X. The NMA-5X is sized directly across from the Airbus A321neo family. It’s the third member of the NMA family that was missing throughout Boeing’s struggles to form a business model for the NMA.
They have a point. At this time nobody has the money to spend on some expensive new family development without airlines being able to order for some time to come. They should have launched it right after the 787 came out.
Still Boeing must redefine it's roadmap. They risk to wait too long. For the time being the A321neo is left totally unchallenged.
Last Edit: Feb 19, 2021 11:07:19 GMT 1 by airboche