October 17, 2016
Bombardier's CS300 has been awarded EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Type Validation, clearing the way for the first customer deliveries in Europe. The CS300 had previously received Type Certification from Transport Canada in July 2016.
Latvia's airBaltic is preparing to become the first launch customer for the new CS300 model of the C-Series, with the first six pilots having completed training to fly the new single aisle aircraft.
Embraer is projecting that Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (made up of Russia and other former members of the Soviet Union) will need to purchase some 1540 new aircraft in the 70 to 130-seat size class during the next 20 years.
A prototype of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) reportedly made an emergency landing at Ishikawa this past week during a flight test. No further details have been provided.
Avianca Brazil took delivery of its first Airbus A320 NEO this past week, equipped with CFM International Leap-1A engines. The airline has an additional 61 A320 NEOs on order.
Spirit Airlines has become the first U.S. operator to receive the A320 NEO, taking delivery of a Pratt & Whitney PW1100G powered aircraft on October 7th. The aircraft is being leased from AirCap.
Air Lease Corporation has announced that it has placed six additional Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with LOT Polish Airlines, with an option for the lease of a further five.
Turkish Airlines has deferred deliveries on 39 A321 NEO and 737 MAX aircraft, due to reduced demand and unstable economic conditions in Turkey. The airline declined to identify precisely which aircraft deliveries would be deferred.