Well, I would always choose Airbus over Boeing for the following reasons. It is evident that in most cases Airbus' are more expensive than Boeing, and for an airline starting out and wishing to expand quickly, Boeing is the obvious choice. However Airbus aircraft are always the technological leaders, having introduced fly-by-wire most noticeably, as well as many other smaller improvements. From an operational point of view, fleet commonality is much better with Airbus, allowing for instance, the A318, a small 100 seat airliner, to operate alongside the A321, a much larger 200 seat airliner, without any excess cost incurred. The situation is the same in the long haul sector, with the twin-engined A330 operating alongside its larger counterpart, the four-engined A340.
Later on in Rise Of The Modern Airliners will see the entry to service of the Airbus A380, an aircraft which in real life has already beaten its not-yet released competitor the Boeing 747-8, in terms of orders. My opinion on the matter originally put forward by Apenfold is that the Airbus A320 family will become the most popular aircraft, especially the newest short haul aircraft family operating in the 21st century, alongside the smaller regional jets, which may see a drop in A318/B736 sales. I believe Airbus will come out on top, however I am yet to make an opinion on what aircraft will perform better out of the 787 and A350.
This is purely my opinion as an airline CEO, doing what I believe is best for my airline, and obviously your view may differ. I am not trying to change anyones opinion, I am just posting my opinion as asked for by Apenfold.
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