February 8, 2016
An analysis of last year's sales shows that the Airbus A320 NEO out-sold the Boeing 737 MAX-8 by a 1.8-to-1 ratio, while the A321 NEO out-sold the 737 MAX-9 by a 3.1-to-1 ratio. Overall, the NEO family of aircraft out-sold the MAX by a 2.1-to-1 ratio during 2015.
Airbus is readjusting the delivery schedules for its A320 NEO aircraft, sliding the overall schedule by roughly two months on average, primarily due to delays in engine deliveries.
Airbus has elected not to use the Pratt & Whitney engine on its first flight test for the A321 NEO model, switching instead to the CFM LEAP-1A engine to make the first flight test. Pratt & Whitney is currently struggling to meet production deliveries for the A320 NEO model, as well as working to resolve issues with engine start-up times. Currently, Pratt & Whitney's PW1100G requires a slow engine start-up, to protect certain components from damage. In response, CFM International has touted its LEAP-1A engine as having no more than a 50-second start-up time at the beginning of each flight. The LEAP-1A however, has not yet been certified by regulatory authorities, and is several months behind the overall flight test schedule for the PW1100G.
India's SpiceJet is reportedly evaluating both the A320 NEO and Boeing 737 MAX for an upcoming order for single aisle aircraft. SpiceJet currently flies a small, all-Boeing fleet, but has signalled that it would be willing to switch future orders to Airbus if the pricing is right and if Airbus can guarantee delivery schedule.
Canadian government officials have hinted that any aid from Canada's federal government, unlike previous aid packages from the provincial government in Quebec, would be tied to changes in Bombardier's two-tier stock system - which guarantees that members of the corporation's founding family retain at least a 50-percent share over the business. Bombardier has been struggling to maintain its stock value in the face of delays and cost overruns to C-Series development.
GE Aviation has filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office challenging five patents granted to United Technologies surrounding the gear-drive on its Geared Turbofan (TM) engine. This has been seen by some as an indication that after years of deriding Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan (TM) design, GE may be finally advancing its own design for a geared engine.