May 2, 2016
Confirming recent media speculation, Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 75 Bombardier CS100 aircraft, with options for up to 50 more. Delta is the number two U.S. airline in terms of passenger traffic.
Officials at Delta Air Lines report that concerns over future emissions standards helped to drive their decision in favor of the Bombardier C-Series.
Air Canada reports that they expect to firm up the terms for their provisional order for 45 C-Series aircraft - with another 30 on option - in coming weeks.
IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh has suggested that while the C-Series was "not part of our plans at this stage," there was "plenty of scope in our future plans to look at the C-Series as a potential aircraft." IAG is the holding company for British Airways. Walsh also suggested that the airline's confidence in the C-Series was bolstered by the recent order from Delta.
In response to engine delivery delays at Pratt & Whitney, IndiGo - the largest customer for the Airbus A320 NEO - has suggested that it might consider the rival CFM International LEAP-1A engine under its future NEO orders.
Airbus is reportedly grappling with hydraulic system issues with its new A320 NEO - a problem first reported by Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker. The new airline's hydraulic system is reportedly louder than in previous aircraft, contributing to cabin noise, and has also suffered from software and temperature issues. Al Baker has suggested that Qatar Airways might consider switching its order to the Boeing 737 MAX if the issues were not resolved in a timely manner.
Mitsubishi Aircraft is preparing its second Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) prototype for flight test in May.
Mitsubishi Aircraft is currently debating how to best transport its prototype MRJs to Seattle for flight test. The Japanese manufacturer had been planning to perform flight tests for the new airplane with the assistance of former Boeing engineers and technicians, but Japan's shaky relations with Russia are making the most direct flight route - over Russian territory and across the Bering Strait - problematic. The alternative would be to fly the airplane on a westerly route, more than twice the distance, across India, Africa and the Atlantic.
Russia's prototype Irkut MC-21 aircraft has passed its cockpit impact tests for hail and bird strike.
Irkut is in talks with Air Tanzania over the possible sale of Irkut MC-21 airlines to the African nation.