Monday, March 6, 2017

Single Aisle News - March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017

Bombardier won an Aviation Week Laureate award for the successful entry of the C-Series into service this past year.

Bombardier's Commercial Aircraft Customer Service team has been awarded the People's Choice Stevie Award for "Favourite Customer Service" and a Silver Stevie Award for its Customer Service Department for 2016.

Engine shortages have led Bombardier to pause its C-Series deliveries for two months.  The C-Series is powered by Pratt & Whitney's Geared TurboFan (GTF) engine, a version of which is also offered as an option on Airbus' A320 NEO.

Mitsubishi Aircraft expects to introduce their smaller Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) version, featuring 70 seasts, into flight test next year.  The larger, 90-seat variant is currently in the midst of its test program.

Mitsubishi Aircraft is currently conducting tests of the MRJ in Chicago, under natural icing conditions, before an airplane is sent to Eglin AFB in Florida, for extreme weather testing in a specialized, environmental hangar.

SriLankan Airlines has welcomed its first Airbus A320 NEO into service.  SriLankan Airlines' NEO aircraft are powered by the CFM International LEAP-1A engine.

India's aviation regulatory agency, DGCA has launched an investigation into Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines operated by IndiGo and GoAir, both of which have experienced engine related issues in the past two months.  The investigation is focused on reports of chips found in the engine's oil, one of which was the result of a main gearbox failure.

Boeing expects to roll out its first 737 MAX-9 prototype later this week.

Boeing has begun sounding out Indian carriers about possible sales of its proposed, stretched 737 MAX-10 variant.

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