April 25, 2016
The first C-Series to fly for Swiss International Airlines is exptected to enter revenue service on July 15th, with the airplane to be formally delivered by Bombardier at the end of June.
TD Securities has downgraded its rating for Bombardier's stock, in response to a 27 percent increase in the stock's price during the past week. The increase was fueled largely by speculation that Delta Airlines may shortly be placing a large order for the C-Series aircraft.
Boeing is examining a slightly larger version of it its smallest 737 MAX family member, the MAX-7, featuring more seats and range, in a bid to defend its marketplace against Bombardier's C-Series. It is also being reported that Boeing has been offering additional discounts on its smallest 737 MAX aircraft, in a bid to keep the C-Series from gaining a foothold in the market.
Norwegian Air expects its first Airbus A320 NEO aircraft to be delayed by 2-3 months, while the airplane's engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney sorts through teething issues with entry into service. Airbus has also temporarily reduced its A320 production rate while the engine's start-up issues are sorted out.