May 16, 2016
Embraer's CEO Paulo Cesar Silva has complained that Bombardier won its recent order from Delta Air Lines as the result of improper government subsidies. Silva complained that Bombardier would have been unable to compete aggressively without the financial bail-out from the government of Quebec. Bombardier officials responded that they are compliant with all international trade laws.
Bombardier has closed on a C-Series support deal with launch customer SWISS. Under the terms of the agreement, Bombardier will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the carrier's soon to be delivered fleet of C-Series aircraft.
Officials at Embraer are confident that the E-Jet will be receiving more orders from the Asia-Pacific region, citing India's Air Costa - which has 25 E190-E2 and 25 E195-E2 aircraft on order - as an example of ongoing fleet recapitalization in that part of the world.
The president for Japan Airlines subsidiary J-Air, Tetsuya Onuki says that the airline is comfortable with its current order for E190 and E170 aircraft, together with 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets, and that there are no immediate plans to add the re-engined E190-E2 still under development to its fleet.
Mitsubishi Aircraft is looking for ways to accelerate its flight test program for its Mitsubishi Regional Jet. The first flight test aircraft is expected to fly to the U.S. in the fourth quarter of this year - although that date could be accelerated. The aircraft will enter flight test at Moses Lake, WA where much of the certification testing is to be done.
Korean Air has delivered its first winglet for the Boeing 737 MAX. Korean Air is contracted to supply some 2,400 winglets over the next few years, for the production version of the airplane.
Boeing has moved up its delivery date for the first 737 MAX to the first half of 2017. The manufacturer has completed over 400 hours of flight test to date.
Southwest Airlines' pilots union has insisted that labor negotiations must be completed before the airline can take delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft now on order, claiming that delivery of a new aircraft type would violate the "status quo" provisions that are required to be maintained while negotiations are underway.
The fourth and final 737 MAX test aircraft has joined the flight test fleet.
India's Aequs has been contracted to supply engine mount components for the Airbus A320 NEO.
Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has already backed its lessons learned updates from the Geared Turbofan featured in the Airbus A320 NEO, into the similar engine model which will power Russia's MC-21. The PW1400G, which is the version of the engine slated for the MC-21, received FAA type certification on May 9th.
Lufthansa expects to see improvements incorporated into its PW1100G engines by June. Slow start-up times for the engine continue to be the primary issue surrounding the entry into service for the Airbus A320 NEO.