February 1, 2016
Newly emerged from international sanctions, Iran Air placed an order this past week for 45 Airbus A320 aircraft - forestalling a possible buy of Bombardier C-Series airlines. The A320 buy was part of a larger deal involving 118 Airbus aircraft, both used and new. Bombardier shares fell below a dollar in response to the news - its lowest level since 1991 - amid fears of delisting.
The Airbus A320NEO made its inaugural passenger-carrying flight this past week, as Lufthansa's first airplane entered operational service, powered by Pratt & Whitney's PW1100G Geared TurboFan (TM) engines.
Boeing's prototype 737 MAX made its first flight this past Friday, powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, flying for two hours and forty seven minutes, and reaching a maximum speed of 250 knots and a maximum altitude of 20,000 ft.
Mitsubishi Aircraft reports that the first Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) prototype has completed its structural reinforcement and is expected to return to flight test in February. The prototype had been grounded since its third flight in November while it underwent structural reinforcement of the wing and wing-fuselage section.