Monday, June 6, 2016

Single Aisle News - June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016

Having closed a landmark deal with Delta Air Lines, Bombardier executives have hinted that future C-Series sales will see significantly less discount attached to them.

Both Bombardier and Embraer are reportedly in a bidding contest to supply aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines.

Airline Swiss, the launch customer for the Bombardier C-Series aircraft, has upgraded another 5 of the aircraft on order from the CS100 to the larger CS300 model.  That brings the airline up to 15 CS300 orders, 10 CS100 models, and a further 5 that remain undetermined.

Panama's Copa Airlines expects to receive its first Boeing 737 MAX in the second half of 2018.  The airline has 61 MAX aircraft on order.

The A320 NEO has received joint FAA/EASA certification with the CFM International LEAP-1A engine.  All aircraft delivered up until now have been equipped with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine alternative.

Qatar Airways has announced that it is dropping the first jet on its order backlog for the A320 NEO, citing delivery delays due to unsatisfactory start-up times for the airplane's PW1100G engines.  The airline has not announced if it will re-order the airplane with the alternative CFM International LEAP-1A engine, or if it will order Boeing 737s instead - either of which would take longer than for the promised updates to the existing PW1100G engine to be implemented this summer, leading some analysts to suggest that the cancellation was a negotiating ploy.

India's GoAir has taken delivery of its first A320 NEO, equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G Geared Turbofan engines, becoming the third operator of the type.

Pratt & Whitney has already incorporated the improvements identified from the PW1100G engine that powers the A320 NEO, into the PW1400G engine intended to power the Irkut MC-21.

Embraer officials are hopeful that the prototype E190-E2 regional jet, which recently completed its first flight test, would be available to appear at next month's Farnborough Air Show.

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