June 20, 2016
Bombardier's CS100 single-aisle aircraft was awarded certification by both the FAA and Europe's EASA this past week, clearing the way for customer deliveries. The first aircraft are expected to be delivered by the end of June, with revenue service to commence in July.
The government of Quebec has confirmed that they have nearly completed their official contract negotiations for the investment of $1 billion by the provincial government to help the C-Series transition into production.
Bombardier executives fired back at allegations of trade rule violations from Embraer this past week, pointing out that the investment by Canada's provincial government in Quebec was "fully consistent with WTO rules and the transaction can be described as being very consistent with the usual equity investment practices of private investors."
The wreckage of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 which crashed last month, in what many have assumed was a terrorist attack, has been located, together with the cockpit voice recorder.
Canada's WestJet has suggested that it would consider buying the proposed, larger version of the Boeing 737 MAX-7, which would feature additional seats. WestJet currently has 65 Boeing 737 models already on order.
Azerbaijan Airlines has signaled that it would firm up the details for its lease arrangement for the Irkut MC-21, once flight tests are underway. The airline has a tentative lease agreement for 10 aircraft.
China has formally launched its new China Aviation Engine Group - which is intended to be the new umbrella organization for all of China's jet engine manufacturing companies.