November 9, 2015
Officials at Bombardier have confirmed that the C-Series flight test program is "nearly 100 percent done" and on-track for certification by the end of 2015. Bombardier's FTK-5 prototype is currently attending the Dubai Air Show.
Pressure is mounting for Canada's national government to match the $1 billion cash infusion supplied by the government of Quebec to help rebalance Bombardier's struggling finances. Bombardier is currently attempting to complete C-Series certification and transition into production.
Bombardier is attempting to close on final terms for a deal to sell up to four C-Series aircraft to Petra Airlines, which is now part of Air Arabia Group. Petra had signed a letter of intent for the four aircraft in 2014, before Air Arabia purchased a 49-percent stake in the airline.
India's Jet Airways has confirmed an order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft at this year's Dubai Air Show. The order had been previously reported under Boeing's backlog as being made to an undisclosed customer. Jet Airways has options and purchase rights for an additional 50 aircraft.
After a record-breaking series of orders at the last Dubai Air Show in 2013, this year's air show is expected to see no new orders announced, as the airline industry slows its pace of growth following several years of ground breaking orders.
Embraer has forecast a market for 220 additional regional jet aircraft in the 70 to 130 seat class in the Middle East over the next 20 years. This compares to a projected global market for 6,350 regional jets worldwide.
Pratt & Whitney has begun flight testing for its PW1900G Geared Turbofan (TM) engine, which is expected to power Embraer's E190-E2 and E195-E2 aircraft. The test engine was flown aboard the manufacturer's 747SP flying test bed at the company's Mirabel Flight Test Center in Quebec, Canada. The PW1900G is a derivative of the manufacturer's PW1500G engine which powers Bombardier's C-Series.