The Wall Street Journal reported that Boeing is planning a new large narrow-body aircraft to combat the A321. Ernest Arvai of the AirInsight consulting group remarks,

With the MAX closing in on certification and a return to service, Boeing realizes that it needs a better competitor to the A321 than the MAX, which simply doesn’t compete well at the higher end of the seat range.

But that higher end of the seat range, combined with longer-range capabilities, places the A321 as the natural replacement for the 757 in the middle of the market. The segment that Boeing initially created with the 757 and 767 has effectively been conceded to Airbus, as Boeing doesn’t offer a truly competitive product.

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