February 29, 2016
Embraer officially rolled out its first prototype for the E190-E2 E-Jet, which will be powered by a version of the same Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (TM) engines as Bombardier's C-Series.
Embraer has announced that its E195-E2 E-Jet, the largest member of the E-Jet family, will feature extended wing tips intended to provide an additional 450 nm range.
Republic Airways, one of the largest customers to order Bombardier's new C-Series aircraft, has announced a restructuring plan in its bankruptcy court filings that calls for its regional jet operations to be consolidated around the Embraer E170/E175 - likely eliminating plans to acquire the C-Series. With 40 aircraft on firm order, Republic was the only U.S. airline to order the C-Series.
The Canadian government is considering a bailout plan for Bombardier that would form a separate joint venture between Bombardier, the Quebec government, and the Canadian national government, with each holding a one-third stake in the C-Series program.
IndiGo is expected to take delivery of its first A320 NEO in March. A total of 24 A320 NEOs are expected to be delivered to IndiGo within the next 12 months.
Qantas as announced that the airline expects to take delivery of its first A320 NEO at the end of 2017.
An oil pump reportedly failed on a Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine during flight tests of Airbus' A320 NEO, during a windmill test during which the engine was intentionally shut down and allowed to turn due to drag during flight. The oil pump failure reportedly occurred when a bearing siezed up. A Pratt & Whitney spokesman pointed out that "These are the types of things you find in routine flight testing."
In a reversal of its previous strategy, Boeing has announced that it is going forward with the smallest member of the 737 MAX family, the 737 MAX-7. Only two customers had placed orders for the smaller version of the airplane.