September 19, 2016
The first flight training simulator for the Bombardier C-Series was unveiled by Flight Training Alliance in Frankfurt, Germany this past week.
AirAsia has become the first carrier in Southeast Asia to operate the Airbus A320 NEO in revenue flight. AirAsia's NEOs are equipped with the CFM International LEAP-1A engine.
Airbus has delivered the first North American A320 NEO to Mexico's Volaris. Volaris's NEOs are equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G Geared TurboFan engines.
United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney division has revealed that it will miss this year's target for delivering 200 engines by year-end, expecting instead to produce only 150 engines in total. The delays in the production schedule are tied to a number of pieces of key hardware in the manufacturer's new Geared TurboFan engine, including the aluminum fan blade.
Boeing's chief executive, Dennis Muilenburg has emphasized that Boeing has the financial ability to cover development of either a stretched 737 MAX or a clean-sheet Middle-of-the-Market (MoM) airline over the next several years. Both aircraft would be aimed at recapturing the longer-range, 757-type routes that are currently being dominated by sales of the A321 NEO.
After months of media speculation, China's Comac has acknowledged that their new C919 prototype will likely miss its target date for conducting a first flight in 2016.
Russian officials expect to begin flight tests of their new PD-14 aircraft engine aboard an Ilyushin Il-96-300 transport later this year. The PD-14 is being developed as a domestic alternative to the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engine, which is expected to power initial deliveries of the Irkut MC-21 single-aisle transport.