February 7, 2017
An Aviation Week pilot report gives a favorable review of the Bombardier C-Series, reporting that, "I have yet to fly a jetliner with more docile yet responsive handling qualities."
Reports continue to confirm that an oil seal and cumbustor liner are currently causing the majority of in-service issues for Pratt & Whitney's Geared TurboFan (GTF) engines. Plans are underway to have new parts available later this year, with more than 50 spare engines in rotation to maintain fleet readiness.
Airbus expects to assemble its first A320 NEO in China, at its Tianjin assembly plant, for delivery in September. Airbus' Chinese assembly floor has delivered more than 300 pre-NEO A320s.
A prototype Boeing 737 MAX has begun flight tests out of Darwin, Australia to evaluate the airplane's performance under tropical conditions.
American Airlines has confirmed that it will not include seatback entertainment screens as part of its Boeing 737 MAX order, reflecting what appears to be an industry trend away from in-flight entertainment systems on shorter-haul routes.
China's Comac is inching towards a planned first flight of its C919 prototype in March. The C919 prototype will be powered by a CFM International LEAP-1C engine.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has changed leadership, with president Hiromichi Morimoto retiring on March 31st, following a series of delays for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) development plan. Morimoto will be replaced by Hisakazu Mizutani, who is currently president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' (MHI's) Integrated Defense and Space Systems unit. MHI will also be replacing the CEO at Mitsubishi Aircraft, with Yuichi Shinohara, an MHI Senior VP, becoming the new CEO, effective immediately.