March 14, 2016
United Airlines has confirmed that it has placed an order for 25 Boeing 737-700 airplanes, in addition to the order for 40 placed in January. The airplanes were reportedly offered by Boeing at a rock-bottom discount to prevent Bombardier's C-Series from gaining a foothold in the U.S. market.
Delta Air Lines president Ed Bastian has suggested that the Bombardier C-Series may be having difficulties finding a market, in part, due to the heavy engineering investment that went into it. "t’s highly engineered, which I think has been some of the challenges they’ve faced in marketing it, getting to a price point to get paid for that engineering."
IndiGo has taken delivery of its first A320 NEO. The NEO takes advantage of the same Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (TM) technology that also powers the Bombardier C-Series, Embraer E-Jet E2, and Mitsubishi Regional Jet to deliver double-digit reductions in fuel consumption.
The first A321 NEO prototype to be equipped with Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (TM) engines made its first flight this past week, roughly a month after the first A321 NEO prototype equipped with the competing CFM International LEAP-1A engine first flew.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has announced that it will be reshuffling its leadership team, ahead of the push to bring its Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) through flight test, and to market.