December 6, 2016
The Tanzanian Government Flight Agency has placed a firm order for two CS300 C-Series aircraft, bringing the total number of C-Series on order to 360 aircraft. The government agency intends to lease the airplanes to the national airline, Air Tanzania.
Bombardier handed over the first CS300, the larger C-Series model, to airBaltic - the first delivery in a 20-airplane order to the Latvian carrier.
Embraer has delayed the certification date for the E175-E2 by one year to 2021. Among other factors, the delay has been partially attributed to continued resistance by North American pilot unions to permitting regional jet carriers from operating aircraft with a take-off weights greater than 86,000 pounds - effectively protecting the mainline carrier routes from being taken over by the lower-paying, regional jet airlines.
AerCap has contracted for the placement of three E190-E2s and two E195-E2s with Turkish carrier, Borajet - marking the first placement of Embraer's new E2 family of aircraft by a lessor.
SAS has secured financing for the purchase of five Airbus A320 NEO aircraft, through a sale and leaseback agreement with Jackson Square Aviation.
Aircalin has sined a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase of two A320 NEO and two A330-900 aircraft. Aircalin is the carrier for the French South Pacific territory of New Caledonia. The aircraft will be deployed on existing routes to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands. An engine selection for the A320 NEO aircraft has not been announced.
Spirit AeroSystems has delivered the first redesigned thrust reversers for the CFM International LEAP-1B engines, for the Boeing 737 MAX. Previous editions of the 737 MAX engine used a titanium honeycomb inner wall. Spirit AeroSystems will be producing the composite inner wall for the redesigned unit.
Russia's PD-14 turbofan engine, being developed as an alternative motor for the Irkut MC-21 airliner, has entered its second round of flight testing aboard an Ilyushin Il-76 flying testbed.