Here we give an exclusive insight into what airlines think the future should be for their workhorse narrowbody jetliners.

This was a fascinating exercise with over 20 carriers telling us when they want a new generation narrowbody, what it must do in terms of operating and environmental performance and even how much it should cost.

The answer is that airlines cannot wait for a step change in how they deliver short to medium haul services. But they also realise they must. Not only is the technology not quite there to obtain the 15-20% plus gain in efficiencies, the manufacturers are universally acknowledged as not being ready. With the order books for Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s bulging who can blame them? However, as our survey shows, the pressure mounts.

Boeing 737, W450

Airbus A320, w450

Source: Airline Business