December 1, 2015
Airbus received joint type certification from the FAA and Europe's EASA this past week for its A320 NEO airline, powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine. Certification opens the way for the first customer deliveries to airlines, expected in December.
Latvia's airBaltic welcomed a visit from a Bombardier C-Series prototype, as the airline contemplates a possible increase in its C-Series order. AirBaltic has thirteen CS300 aircraft on firm order, with options for another seven.
Officials at Bombardier have indicating the documenting the C-Series software for regulators has become one of the last steps towards completing certification of the new aircraft type. The C-Series is reportedly down to the final few hundred pages of certification documents that need to be improved, out of approximately 18,000 documents that needed to be provided to regulators.
China's Comac has delivered its first ARJ21 regional jet to its launch customer, several years behind schedule and with a Chinese type certificate that is not recognized by either the United States or Europe. The ARJ21 has come to symbolize many of the hurdles that China's larger, C919 airline is expected to face as it approaches the launch of its flight test program next year.
Russia has begun flight tests of the Aviadvigatel PD-14 engine that is expected to equip military versions of the Irkut MC-21 airline. All civil versions of the airline sold to date, however, are expected to be equipped with a version of the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (TM) engine that also equips the Airbus A320 NEO.