January 18, 2016
United Airlines is reportedly close to deciding on an order for some 30 small commercial airlines - with Boeing launching a last minute campaign to snag the order for its 737-700. United had been looking for an airplane in the 100-seat class, which was viewed by many as a prime opportunity for Bombardier's C-Series. Boeing's last minute offer is reportedly very competitive, however.
Officials at Airbus have dismissed the Bombardier C-Series as an "orphan" that was unlikely to find many new sales.
Airbus has announced that the first production A320 NEO will be delivered to its launch customer, Lufthansa within the next two weeks - by the end of January. The first aircraft had been due to be delivered in December, but was delayed due to the "need to put some documents in place," many of which were reportedly tied to maintenance on the new engines. At the root of these delays was an engine start-up issue that Pratt & Whitney is currently working to resolve.
Despite Airbus' continued lead over Boeing in sales for single-aisle aircraft throughout 2015, Boeing's leading salesman, John Wojick remains confident that Boeing's broad, established customer base will eventually restore the two to a more even sales split between the A320 NEO and 737 MAX.
Russia's Aviastar has shipped fuselage panels for the second prototype MC-21 airliner. The aerostructures supplier has already released the doors and vertical and horizontal stabilizers for the second prototype. The first prototype is expected to officially roll-out at mid-year.