December 28, 2015
Armed with a newly certified airplane, Bombardier is reportedly looking to slash the asking price on its new C-Series airline in order to jump-start sluggish sales.
Analysts have pointed out that United Airlines is currently in the market for a new 100-seat airplane, with an order expected in coming months for up to 50 airplanes. The Bombardier C-Series and Embraer E-Jet have been cited as possible options.
Embraer is expected to roll-out its prototype E190-E2 on February 25th. The E-Jet E2 will utilize the same Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (TM) engines as the Bombardier C-Series and Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has revealed that customer deliveries for the MRJ will be delayed by another year to mid-2018. The airplane developer is currently implementing changes to its prototype to correct structural deficiencies identified in the airplane's wing.
Pratt & Whitney has rebutted claims made by JP Morgan analysts, which had warned that planned modifications to the Geared Turbofan (TM) engines which power the Airbus A320 NEO could erode promised fuel savings for the new engines. A P&W spokesman reaffirmed that "Our engines are currently meeting the fuel-efficiency commitments we have made to our customers, they will upon entry into service and thereafter." P&W has, however, identified a concern due to uneven cooling of the engine during shut-down, which will require a software change requiring a three-minute spool-down of the engine to avoid excessive wear on some components.