October 24, 2016
Bombardier has announced plans to cut 7500 jobs globally, including 2000 jobs across Canada, as the manufacturer struggles to return to profitability while also ramping up production of the new C-Series aircraft. Most of the job cuts will be made to its railroad division.
Embraer expects to fly its fourth E190-E2 prototype soon, as it accelerates its flight test schedule and pushes for certification. A total of 241 flight hours have been accumulated between the existing three prototypes.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has begun flight test of its first MRJ prototype out of its new Washington state test facility.
Frontier Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 NEO aircraft, out of a total of 80 on order. All of the Frontier orders will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines.
GE Capital Aviation has delivered its first Airbus A320 NEO to Brazil's Azul. The aircraft delivered to Azul will be powered by LEAP-1A engines.
Alaska Airlines has pushed back the delivery date for its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from late 2017 to early 2018. The airline is currently coordinating a proposed merger with Virgin America.
Chinese officials report that the first Comac C919 airline is expected to fly in the second-quarter of 2017 - a slip from the earlier targeted date of late 2016.