Boeing seems to react to Airbus comparing models. Airbus might be following Boeing when it come to some technology
Boeing have a number of landmark models : 747, 777 & 787, all magnifiscent aircrafts.
Boeing are very very conservative but they have done really remarkably well with that stance.
I do hope their 797 is the game changer everyone expects, the 737 is remarkable but nonetheless a flying baby dinosaur.
But seems to me that Airbus have been innovating all the way, Airbus have indeed introduced :
1. the world's first twin WB ( B countered with the 767 )
2. the world's first FBW & glass-cockpit in commercial aviation
3. the A320 is & remains a superior airplane ( only slightly now ) to the then omnipresent 727, 737, DC9 & derivatives
4. the A330/340 were innovations of their own & hailed as such for a full decade after introduction, the A340 demise was due to a sharp evolution in ETOPS & twin engine technology that Boeing actually foresaw, also very quiet compared to the 777
5. their transport system is an innovation of its own - even if less than economically optimal, one has to bear in mind that getting several countries together is such a massive scale was no mean feat... Boeing copycated it when they outsourced to Japan...
6. The Super Guppy & Belugas foretold the Dreamlifter.
7. the world's first large double deck passenger aircraft, sluggish sales do not make it a less innovative plane, in fact it is Airbus' & the sky's new flagship by every other measure. On a sidenote, helped EK to build a yet unheard of business model.
8. the A350 is a model of well thought innovation & smooth introduction to market, surely something Boeing could innovate on.
9. sharklets ( I do prefer Boeing's raked wings though )
10. if NEOing is not an innovation per se, I don't know what is industrually speaking, cannot be MAXed out now
Airbus planes do not follow much on Boeing's innovations : they keep bleed-air engines, thus did not go so much on batteries.
In some ways, the A350 is comparatively conservative compared to the 787, which begs the question if the A350 is that expensive to produce as some think...