Monday, April 17, 2017

Single Aisle News - April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

In response to a public outcry, Bombardier has announced that it will defer the executive pay increases announced previously, which would have increased the pay-out to its top six executives by some 50%.  Bombardier has received government loans from the province of Quebec, and has been seeking similar assistance from Canada's federal government, to help transition the C-Series from development to production.

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has ordered preventative inspections of C-Series geared turbofan (GTF) engines, in response to difficulties encountered with the GTF engine for the Airbus A320 NEO.

Embraer has contracted Panasonic to provide the inflight entertainment systems for its E2 E-Jets, currently under development.

Responding to delays in the development and deliveries of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, Japan's ANA has contracted for the lease of four Boeing 737-800s to help it fill the gap in its fleet coverage while it awaits MRJ deliveries.

Airbus has fallen behind during the first quarter in the order race against Boeing, as delivery delays for the A320 NEO hamper the manufacturer's ability to cement new orders.

Air New Zealand has unveiled its new economy seat design for its A320/A321 NEO fleet.

Iran's Aseman Airlines has signed a deal for the purchase of 30 Boeing 737 MAX airlines, in what is expected to be a test of the new U.S. administration's willingness to allow U.S. manufacturers to close business deals with Iran.

Boeing's first 737 MAX-9 made its first flight this past week, beginning the flight test program for what was once expected to be the largest member of the 737 MAX family.  Boeing has since rolled out plans for a slightly larger 737 MAX-10 model, to help it better compete with the Airbus A321 NEO.

Static durability tests have demonstrated that Russia's Irkut will need to reinforce the composite wing design of its MC-21 airliner, before it enters flight test.  The static test article reportedly failed its ultimate load test at slightly lower than the targeted safety margin.

Comac's C919 prototype has begun its high-speed taxi tests, one of the last steps before its anticipated first flight.

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