Boeing mirrors Airbus predictions on narrowbody replacement

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Boeing does not see the entrance of a replacement narrowbody for several years.

Mirroring statements made by rival Airbus, Boeing commercial's director of marketing Drew McGill said it will be the end of the decade "before we see anything there" during a speech at the ISTAT conference today in Phoenix.

The highly-successful 737 continues to enjoy a robust backlog. A key consideration for the next generation single-aisle aircraft is reliability and utility, says McGill.

With both Airbus and Boeing supplying roughly the same time period for narrowbody replacement, the 2013 entry-into-service of the Bombardier CSeries could bode well for the Canadian airframer.

The company recently said it sees "a competitive advantage to be sure, particularly as CSeries is the only current family of aircraft designed specifically for the low-end single aisle market".