July 25, 2016
Despite having lost in its bid to have Toronto's downtown airport agreement adjusted to allow commercial jetliner flights, Porter Airlines' CEO reports that the airline is looking for alternative routes where it might make use of the C-Series aircraft that it currently has on order. The airline placed a conditional order for 30 CS100 C-Series aircraft, that was conditioned on obtaining approval to fly the aircraft out of the airline's central hub in Toronto's downtown airport.
The initial series of commercial flights by the Bombardier C-Series have run into a number of glitches, including the first commercial flight scheduled from Zurich to the UK, which was delayed at the service ramp, and a later flight which had to turn back to the airport after a malfunction in the air conditioning system.
Embraer officials report that the flight test program for the E190-E2 is running ahead of schedule, although they have no current plans to accelerate the timeline for first airline delivery in the first half of 2018.
Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines has become the first customer to take delivery of an Airbus A320 NEO powered by the CFM International LEAP-1A engine. All NEO deliveries prior to now have been equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines. Delivery was delayed by several days due to political unrest in Turkey.
Industry analysts continue to highlight the gap in Boeing's ability to compete in the Middle of the Market (MoM), against the Airbus A321 NEO. Boeing's proposed MoM aircraft, being contemplated as a replacement for the Boeing 757 and some 767 applications, is still years away from launch, allowing the Airbus A321 NEO and A321LR to fill in that market segment.
Boeing has revised its 20 year market forecast for India from 1740 to an estimated 1850 new aircraft. Most of those aircraft, some 1560 out of the total, are projected to be single-aisle models.