May 15, 2017
Bombardier officials have reaffirmed that the manufacturer is on track to deliver 30-35 C-Series aircraft this year, despite a slow first quarter.
Bombardier chairman Pierre Beaudoin has agreed to give up his executive duties, but would retain his post as chairman of the board. This compromise arrangement was announced in an attempt to diffuse recent calls for his resignation, made by the firm's largest outside shareholder. The recent calls for his resignation revolve around executive compensation, at a time when the company has been laying off workers and seeking government loans to balance its books. Beaudoin owes his special status to the dual-tier share system that allows Bombardier's founding family, of which Beaudoin is a member, to retain a voting majority in the company.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries reported a 51% drop in its operating profit for 2016, partially due to increased development costs for flight test of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
Airbus has commenced assembly for the first A320 that is expected to be produced from its U.S.-based manufacturing plant in Alabama. The initial aircraft will be CEO models, slated for delivery to Spirit Airlines over the summer.
Boeing has temporarily grounded its 737 MAX flight test fleet, over a quality issue with the CFM International LEAP-1B engines which power the aircraft. A quality problem was identified in the LPT disks provided by a supplier, leading to a temporary grounding order while the suspect parts are culled from the fleet.
The Russian-built Irkut MC-21 began taxi tests this week, in preparation for its first flight.