August 29, 2016
After the first full month of operating the new Bombardier C-Series, Swiss International Air Lines spokeswoman Karin Muller praised the airplane's dispatch reliability rates, pointing out that, "The dispatch reliability of the first aircraft has already reached a high value, much higher than in comparison with the dispatch reliability of other new aircraft types during phase-in." Muller compared the demonstrated C-Series dispatch reliability to other new aircraft such as the Airbus A320 NEO and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Bombardier has handed out pink slips in Montreal this past week, as part of an effort to cut its global work force by some 7,000 workers and return the company to profitability.
Textron Inc, which is the holding company for business jet manufacturer Cessna, has indicated that it would be willing to buy Bombardier's Learjet division "at the right price." The announcement comes following signals that Bombardier might be looking to spin-off its Learjet division to help pay for the ramp-up of the C-Series into full scale production.
The third Embraer E190-E2 is expected to join the flight test fleet this coming month. To date, the first two prototypes have amassed over 160 flight hours out of a planned 2,000 flight hour test program.
After two aborted ferry flight attempts - intended to transfer the aircraft to the United States as part of its certification flight test program - the first Mitsubishi Regional Jet was returned to the hanger due to an air conditioner fault.
Irkut has delivered an MC-21 fuselage to Russia's Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) for static fatigue tests.
China has announced ambitious plans for its state-owned Aero-Engine Group of China to develop aircraft engines to power the next generation of Chinese military and commercial aircraft. The new state-owned firm was recently created by combining separate military and commercial engine groups.
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 safely made an emergency landing following a failure involving its port-side CFM56 engine. The aircraft had been enroute from New Orleans to Orlando. The cause of the failure, which appears to involve the cowl of the engine, is unknown.