December 14, 2015
The first Mitsubishi Regional Jet prototype has completed three flights. Mitsubishi Aircraft has revealed that the first flight was made with the landing gear extended and with the flaps in a fixed position. The landing gear and flaps were cycled for the first time on the second flight test.
Bombardier has reassured workers at its Northern Ireland facility, which produces components for the C-Series and other aircraft, that the recent bailout by the Quebec government does not pose a threat to jobs already in Belfast.
Airbus has switched deliveries between its earliest launch customers for the A320 NEO, reassigning the first aircraft for Qatar Airways to Lufthansa. Lufthansa will now become the first customer to fly the NEO in revenue service.
Boeing rolled out its first Boeing 737 MAX prototype this past week, before a crowd of workers and suppliers that have participated in the program. The employee-only rollout event was in contrast to the rollout of other recent aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner, which was a much larger media affair.
The U.S. government has filed proceedings at the World Trade Organization against China, alledging that China's exemption for its value added tax on locally produced jets amounts to a government subsidy for local industry, that violates WTO agreements.