May 31, 2016
Boeing is reportedly studying the potential to use the larger CFM LEAP-1A engine on a stretched version of the 737 MAX, as an option to counter Airbus' dominance in this sector of the 737/A321 market. The LEAP-1A engine is used on the Airbus A320 NEO family of aircraft, and features a larger, 78-in fan diameter compared to the smaller, 69-in fan diameter featured on the LEAP-1B installed on the 737 MAX. The larger fan diameter gives the LEAP-1A an advantage in both thrust and fuel consumption.
Airbus executives are unconcerned over reports that Boeing may attempt to install the larger LEAP-1A engine from the A320 NEO on a stretched version of the 737 MAX, pointing out that the 737 would require a new wing with longer landing gear to install the larger fan diameter, and that such an installation would also reduce commonality between the different 737 MAX models.
Bombardier has rolled out the first C-Series aircraft in full customer livery, in preparation for delivery to SWISS in June.
Embraer's E190-E2 prototype completed its first flight this past week, kicking off the flight test program for the new aircraft. The E190-E2 uses the Pratt & Whitney PW1900G Geared TurboFan engine.