March 21, 2016
Canada Jetlines has indicated that it would consider a buy of C-Series aircraft if Canada's federal government loosens restrictions on foreign ownership of domestic airlines. Canada Jetlines' CEO suggested that there were investors in the United States and Europe who might be willing to provide the capital needed for the low-cost airline to expand, but that Canadian law restricted such investment.
Canada's government is expected to delay any decison on providing financial assistance to Bombardier until after the federal budget is released this coming week.
The Airbus A320 NEO made its Asian air show debut at the India Aviation event in Hyderabad. The first A320 NEO delivered to low-cost carrier IndiGo was on display at the small, regional air show event.
Software and hardware updates that are expected to resolve the remaining engine start-up issues for the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (TM) engines for the A320 NEO are expected to be delivered in June.
The first production Boeing 737 MAX has entered final assembly for eventual delivery to Southwest Airlines.
Boeing officials are hoping to get a boost in sales for the 737 MAX, leveraging engine issues that have slowed introduction of the A320 NEO. The 737 MAX features the CFM International LEAP-1B engine, which has yet to be certified.
Russia's Aviadvigatel has begun testing the thrust reverser for its PD-14 engine, which is being developed as an all-Russian alternative to the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G that will be featured on initial airline deliveries. The PD-14 is not expected to be competitive on a fuel efficiency basis, but will be marketed to military customers as well as airlines which are unable to order U.S.-made content.