According to Puget Sound Business Journal, Airbus may push the delivery date of the re-engined A320neo up by six months in order to better compete with an anticipated replacement 737 from Boeing which has yet to be announced but could be ready before the end of the decade.
Citing Issaquah-based aerospace consultancy Leeham Co. LLC, the Puget Sound Business Journal claims that such a move would be to keep customers from waiting for Boeing to release a replacement to the 737 which the company has hinted at in recent months.
The news follows recent suggestions from airlines such as Qatar Airways that a replacement 737 may be a more attractive alternative to the upgraded A320neo because a brand new aircraft could take full advantage of new technology allowing it to be more cost efficient.
So far, Airbus has not publicly announced an updated schedule for the A320neo and first delivery remains scheduled for early 2016. Airbus currently has over 230 orders for its re-engined A320.