March 28, 2017
A Bombardier CS100 has completed a non-stop trans-Atlantic flight connecting London City Airport to New York City for the first time. The FTV2 flight test aircraft was configured to simulate the weight and range of the 40-passenger, all-business class arrangement proposed for regular flights along this route. The flight capped a series of steep approach tests being conducted to certify the airplane for the downtown London airport, where strict noise regulations have prevented other aircraft from offering service on this route.
A fourth Embraer E190-E2 prototype has joined the flight test program, as Embraer pushes closer to certification.
Despite winning praise from airlines for delivering on its promise of exceptional fuel performance, the A320 NEO continues to suffer from issues with its Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines.
Indigo has set a 30,000 ft altitude limit on its A320 NEO fleet to reduce strain on its engines.
Malaysia's Malindo Air has been announced as the launch operator for the Boeing 737 MAX-8.
Bank of China's BOC Aviation has placed an order for 13 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
China expects to fly its C919 prototype for the first time in April, following successful taxi tests earlier this month