May 9, 2016
Discount carrier JetBlue has reportedly entered talks with Canada's Bombardier for a possible order for C-Series aircraft.
International lease company Avolon has delivered its first A320 NEO aircraft to a customer. The aircraft will be flown by IndiGo, which already operates the NEO model - which it also directly owns. Avolon has a standing order for a further 99 A320 NEO family aircraft.
Boeing is examining options for improving the competitiveness of both the largest and smallest member of its 737 MAX family. The 180-seat 737 MAX-9 is currently being out-sold by the A321 NEO by a five-to-one margin. The 126-seat 737 MAX-7, meanwhile, has sold only 60 copies, and is under threat from a rejuvenated Bombardier C-Series campaign.
The CEO for leasor AerCap Holdings has expressed an interest in a larger Boeing 737 MAX-9, should such a version become available, but says his company is not looking to add any smaller aircraft to its fleet, such as the 737 MAX-7 or Bombardier C-Series.
A prototype Boeing 737 MAX has traveled internationally for the first time, traveling to La Paz, Bolivia for take-off and landing tests at high elevation.
Russia's Irkut Corp., which is currently developing the MC-21 single aisle airline as a rival to the Airbus A320 NEO and Boeing 737 MAX, posted a net loss of $31.1 million for 2015. The company's current sources of revenue center around deliveries of Su-30 fighters and Yak-130 military trainers.
CFM International's LEAP-1B, the version of the new engine that powers Boeing's 737 MAX, received joint type certification from the FAA and EASA. The LEAP-1B is the exclusive engine on the 737 MAX. The larger LEAP-1A, which is offered as an alternative on the Airbus A320 NEO, was certified last November, although it has not yet made it into customer deliveries.