January 11, 2016
Canadian government officials in Ottawa are weighing whether to grant an aid request to help Bombardier transition its C-Series airliner into production. The aid would be in addition to the $1.3 billion that the government of Quebec has already pledged.
Embraer has continued to refine its schedule for the roll-out of its first E190 E2 prototype, with the date now set at February 25th.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has adjusted its planned seat count for its MRJ aircraft now under development, increasing the pitch length between seats and reducing total seat count to 88 for the MRJ90 (down from 92 planned previously), and 76 for the MRJ70 (down from 78).
The Bank of China's aircraft leasing division, BOC Aviation, announced last week an order for 18 Airbus A320 NEO, and 12 A320 CEO aircraft.
China's Chengdu has completed delivery of its first production ARJ-21 regional jet to Chengdu Airlines. The long gestation period of the ARJ-21, which is over five years behind its original delivery schedule and has still not been certified with US or European aviation officials, continues to cast a shadow over China's ambitions for its C919 single-aisle transport, still under development.