April 18, 2016
AirBaltic has increased its firm order of C-Series aircraft from 13 to 20, converting its seven options into firm orders.
Media reports suggest that Bombardier is close to making a landmark deal with Delta Airlines for up to 125 C-Series aircraft. If true, this would be the largest single order to date for the new airplane.
Airbus expects that the "teething" issues with the A320 NEO, and its Geared TurboFan (TM) engine to be resolved by mid-year, with officials at Pratt & Whitney - the maker of the engine - pledging to reduce the engine's start-up time by half.
Lufthansa flew one of its A320 NEO airlines on a route to London's Heathrow airport for the first time this past week, as the various airplane faults and engine start issues have been cleared up.
CFM International has delivered its first non-test version of its LEAP-1A engine to Airbus this past week. CFM officials have continued to emphasize that their engines have been delivered on-schedule - in contrast to repeated delays at their competitor. Other media reports, however, have also indicated that unlike CFM's competitor, the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G, which met its fuel burn guarantees, the LEAP-1A is expected to fall short.
The first production Boeing 737 MAX is expected to emerge from final assembly at Boeing's Renton facility later this month.
Boeing expects to begin flight testing the larger version of its 737 MAX later this week.
China's Comac has announced that the flight test program for its new C919 airline will be extended, resulting in first customer deliveries in 2019. Although the first prototype was officially rolled out in November, it has yet to fly - as the manufacturer continues to install missing internal systems.