Boeing 'would rather see a healthy Airbus'
"I would rather see a healthy Airbus than one that's going through what they're going through," Carson told BusinessWeek magazine in a recent interview.
"I think having healthy competitors is better for all of us," he added in his first extensive interview since being named head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes last month.
The European manufacturer has been rocked by further delays to its flagship A380 superjumbo jet programme, which is now two years behind schedule.
Analysts have said that clients are unlikely to cancel orders for the A380, given the advantages of the high-capacity long-range plane, which can transport 555-840 passengers distances of up to 15,000 kilometres.
SIA confirmed it would remain the first to fly the world's biggest commercial airliner, but will not now take delivery until at least October next year.
Stephen Forshaw, SIA's vice president of public affairs, told AFP the carrier is already missing out on incremental growth on some routes because of the plane's late arrival.
SIA meanwhile this month placed an order for 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which the US company says is the fastest-selling plane in history, representing a fuel-efficient competitor to Airbus on medium- and long-haul routes.
CAPA said Emirates' growth trajectory and competitive impact could be slowed but not stalled by the delays. Last Sunday, the Dubai-based Emirates announced plans to buy 20 747-8 cargo planes from Boeing.
This year, Boeing is already outstripping its European rival in new aircraft orders by a margin of three to one.
The outcome was that its factories were overwhelmed by demand, supply chains were interrupted and long-loyal Boeing customers were left seething.
"Historically, the way it works, they would have raised production and gone crazy... they are more disciplined about that: they are not going after volume or market share, they are going after profit," Aboulafia said.
"There's some evidence that they are raising pricing," he added.
Carson said: "What it taught us is that we needed to regroup a little bit."