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Boeing 777 is a wide body long range aircraft developed by Boeing in the early 1990s. The Boeing 77 was manufactured in two different fuselage range with the -300 being 33 feet (10 meter) longer. The 777 is equipped with the largest diameter turbofan engine of any aircraft and was the first Boeing fly-by-wire aircraft. Total of 923 aircrafts have been built with several other on order.
The Boeing 757 is a narrow-body, twin-engine aircraft which can carry 186 and 279 passengers and has a range of 5,700 to 7,200 km. The 757 was designed in the late 1970s to take over from the aging 727. A total of 1,050 units were built between 1982 and 2004, when Boeing ended the production of the airliner. There are still over 900 757’s operating today with Delta being currently the largest operator.
The Bombardier CSeries is a narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range aircraft that is being developed by the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace. The development began in 2004 and the first units are expected to be delivered 2013. The program cost is estimated at $3.5 billion with a unit cost of almost $47 million.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) is designing an aircraft to compete with the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 series. Comac applied for a Chinese type certificate in October, 2010, and plan for the aircraft to enter service in 2016.
Boeing has not had as much success with the -8 as they would have hoped. Since 2007, they have only received 5 orders for the aircraft. Boeing has received 33 orders for the -8I (Passenger) and 74 orders for the -8F (Freighter).
Sukhoi has received 181 orders for the Superjet 100 which is a modern fly-by-wire regional jet in the 75- to 95-seat category. The Superjet 100 first flew in 2008 and so far 7 aircrafts have been built, including 2 test aircrafts. The Russian manufactured aircraft costs about $32 million per unit. Sukhoi plans to deliver the first aircraft this year.
Boeing has received more than 800 orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Several test aircrafts have been built, but commercial production should start later this year, after several delays. Well over 50 customers have ordered the 787 which will have an option of General Electric and Rolls Royce engines. Majority of the orders are for the standard 787-8, but there have also been over 200 orders for the stretched 787-9.
Airbus has already received 234 orders for the A380 from 17 customers. As of January, 2011, 41 aircrafts have been delivered to 5 operators.
The Airbus vs. Boeing dispute has been going on for a long time. The fierce competition between the two companies has escalated in recent years as Airbus has managed to get side-by-side with Boeing in terms of sales and orders.