December 26, 2016
The government of Brazil has announced plans to lodge a complaint with the World Trade Organization over Canadian government funding in support of Bombardier's C-Series program. Bombardier officials have continued to emphasize that all government support supplied for the C-Series was previously reviewed and was within WTO guidelines.
A third Mitsubishi Regional Jet prototype has arrived in the United States for flight test. A single flying prototype still remains in Japan at this time.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has acknowledged that the timeline for customer deliveries of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is expected to slip for the fifth time, from the current date of mid-2018. A new delivery date target has not been announced.
Hawaiian Airlines is expected to receive its first Airbus A321 NEO aircraft at least three months later than planned, due to delays in engine deliveries from manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.
CFM International has obtained certification of its LEAP-1C engine from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA in advance of the first flight test of China's C919 prototype airliner. The LEAP-1C is a derivative of the LEAP-1A that is offered as an engine option for the Airbus A320 NEO.
Russia's Irkut Corp. has begun vibratory frequency testing for its MC-21 airliner, in preparation for first flight in 2017. The first prototype, equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1400G Geared TurboFan (GTF) engines was rolled out on June 8th.
Questions continue to circulate regarding the future plans for Russia's PD-14 engine, developed as an indigenous Russian alternative to the U.S.-developed PW1400G that will power early versions of the Irkut MC-21 airliner. To date, the PD-14 has only been ordered by two domestic MC-21 customers. The Russian engine recently entered its second-round of flight tests.