March 14, 2017
Bombardier has delivered its first C-Series of 2017, and its sixth aircraft to be delivered to Swiss International Airlines. Bombardier officials remain confident that the manufacturer will meet its 2017 delivery goal for the C-Series, despite a slow delivery start this year.
Embraer has rolled out its first E195-E2 prototype. First flight is expected in the coming months. The E195-E2 features up to 120 seats in a two-class configuration, or up to 146 seats in an economy configuration, as compare to a maximum of 114 seats for the E190-E2, which is currently in flight test.
Embraer has announced that Azul Brazilian Airlines will be the launch customer for the E195-E2, with delivery to begin in 2019.
Despite delivering better than promised fuel consumption, engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been scrambling to correct reliability issues on its Geared TurboFan engine, which is offered as one of two options on the Airbus A320 NEO. Airbus officials report that 42 premature removals of PW1100G engines had occurred as of February 24th, with the majority affecting two Indian carriers.
Qatar Airways' CEO, Akbar Al Baker has revealed that the airline does not expect to recieve its first Airbus A320 NEOs until 2018, due to continued delivery delays.
Boeing has rolled out its first 737 MAX-9 prototype, which is expected to shortly joint the MAX-8 in flight test.
Boeing has received FAA certification for its 737 MAX-8 aircraft, clearing the way for customer deliveries.
Air Lease Corp. has expressed its interest in purchasing Boeing's proposed 737 MAX-10 - a stretched version of its 737 MAX.
China's C919 prototype has entered taxi tests, in preparation for its first flight in coming weeks.
Russia's Irkut is reportedly in talks with Turkish airlines over a possible sale of its MC-21 single-aisle jet.