The American aviation group plans to strengthen hold over the no frills sector...
Boeing will try to cement its hold on the low-cost airline market by securing multi-billion dollar contracts with Go and EasyJet for a new fleet of 737s, to be delivered over the next 10 years.
Boeing said yesterday that it already had about 95% of the market and is aiming to sweep the board with the 737, which is the workhorse of the low-cost carriers.
If Boeing is successful it will keep its main competitor, Airbus, out of contracts with low-cost carriers for many years to come. Airbus, which builds the A320 and the A319, is competing with Boeing at the moment for a 75-plane contract with UK based EasyJet.
Boeing's figures show that it has secured more than 380 orders for its 737s, against about 80 orders for Airbus's rival aircraft.
Boeing said last night it expected the going to be tough and that Airbus was making a strong bid for new business. The US manufacturer is already the main supplier of planes to low-cost carriers. Low-cost airlines have seen big gains in passenger numbers recently and are continuing to expand.