November 14, 2016
The first CS300 C-Series model is expected to be delivered to airBaltic on December 1st. The CS300 is the larger C-Series model, approaching the seating and range characteristics of a small Boeing 737 or Airbus A319 model.
Bombardier's CEO, Alain Bellemare has hinted that the promised infusion of investment by Canada's federal government, originally aimed at shoring up the production ramp-up of the C-Series, could also help jump-start an all-new aircraft development effort at Bombardier.
Kazakhstan's Air Astana has become the first airline in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to take delivery of the Airbus A320 NEO. The Air Astana aircraft feature the Pratt & Whitney Geared TurboFan engine.
It is estimated that engine delivery delays for the Pratt & Whitney Geared TurboFan engine, which power over half of the Airbus A320 NEO aircraft being delivered today, will extend throughout most of 2017.
The first production models of the CFM International LEAP-1B engine that powers the Boeing 737 MAX are currently in pre-delivery testing.
The first flight of the Irkut MC-21, once slated for the end of 2016, has officially slipped into 2017. The MC-21 is powered by a version of the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine that also powers the Airbus A320 NEO.
China's Comac has begun engine tests of the first LEAP-1C engine slated for flight test aboard the C919, which is expected to fly next year. The LEAP-1C is a derivative of the LEAP-1A which is offered as an option aboard the Airbus A320 NEO.