Few industries can match aircraft manufacturers and carriers for their volatility (Strategic Direction, 2004) – there are so many strategic factors that can affect the financial bottom line. The last three decade we have seen such imponderables make in the battle between Airbus and Boeing even more fascinating. For Taylor (2003), the fight for supremacy between these two manufacturers puts such titanic confrontations as Ford versus Chevy and Nokia versus Motorola in the shade.
This paper takes an empirical approach to examining international competition and marketing strategy adaptation in the wide-body aircraft market. The discussion topic will be organized into three sections, beginning with failure start of Airbus Industry GIC. Explaining in deep analysis of the reason behind the difficulties that Airbus faced when entering upon the civil aviation industry. While we continue on to the second part where Airbus have broken ground with a leading market share in the late 90s, what marketing strategy did Airbus initiate in order to achieve this enormous success when going against its sole competitor the mighty Boeing. Last but not least, the current market condition. The difference in strategy that each of the duopoly has apply, Airbus going for the large airliner in hub-and-spoke system and Boeing targeting at manageable size and fuel efficient in a point-to-point configuration.
Airbus has come far and long, with a sizable success in gaining market share from its monopolistic competitor. But our supposition is whether Airbus marketing strategy is sustainable in the turbulence future of global airliner manufacturer domination.