October 3, 2016
Bombardier's CEO Alain Bellemare said at a marketing conference that while Bombardier was still "pleased that we made that choice" to select a Pratt & Whitney engine for the C-Series, delays in engine deliveries were "hurting the momentum right now."
Bombardier's prototype CS300 C-Series model has begun a European route proving tour, ahead of first customer delivery.
Bombardier reports that it is examining where it wants to invest for its next new product offering, now that the C-Series is entering production. The Global 7000 business jet is expected to enter service in 2018, but executives at the Canadian manufacturer caution that whatever new commercial or business jet aircraft that follows will need to begin development this next year.
Brazil's Embraer has announced a plan to cut nearly 8-percent of its work force through voluntary buyouts. The job cuts will be accompanied by furloughs that are expected to begin next month. Embraer is currently developing the E-Jet E2 to compete with the Mitsubishi Regional Jet and Bombardier C-Series in the regional jet market.
The first prototype Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) finally made a successful ferry flight across the Pacific this past week, to reach its Moses Lake flight test facility in Washington state.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has notified customers that the MRJ is facing additional delays in development and certification that will likely impact service introduction. The MRJ had been expected to enter service with ANA (All Nippon Airways), its launch customer, in 2018.
Turkey's Pegasus Airlines reports that it has had a smooth introduction to service for its LEAP-1A powered Airbus A320 NEO single-aisle aircraft. The A320 NEO has two engine options available: the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G Geared TurboFan, and the CFM International LEAP-1A. Pegasus Airlines has firm orders for 75 A320 NEO family aircraft.
IndiGo is expecting to begin upgrading the engines on its early-model A320 NEO aircraft over the coming weeks, to incorporate changes that will reduce the start-up time for the PW1100G engines. Long start-up times were one of the leading complaints that were aired when the new-technology engines were first introduced into service.
The fourth Boeing 737 MAX-8 has returned to Seattle following six days of operational readiness trials with launch custtomer Southwest Airlines.
Malaysia Airlines has finalized its contract with CFM International for the supply of LEAP-1B engines to equip the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that it currently has on order. The 737 MAX is powered exclusively by the LEAP-1B engine.
Russia's Aeroflot Airlines reports that it is seeking to expand its order for the Irkut MC-21 single-aisle airline from 50 to 100 aircraft.