Monday, May 22, 2017

Single Aisle News - May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

Malaysia's Malindo Air has received the first Boeing 737 MAX-8 to be delivered to a customer.

Icelandair has arranged to sell the four Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that it has on order, in a sale and lease-back arrangement.  The aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2018 through 2019.

The U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission have announced that they are launching formal investigations into Bombardier's sale of 75 C-Series aircraft to Delta Air Lines, in response to Boeing's complaints that Bombardier was "dumping" the aircraft to win sales.  Delta is the only U.S. carrier with a standing order for the C-Series.

In response to Boeing's complaints over supposed unfair competition from Bombardier, the Canadian government has announced that it will be re-reviewing all proposed government purchases of Boeing products - including the proposed purchase of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets that had previously seemed likely under the current Canadian government.

China's Comac is reportedly in talks with Canada's Bombardier over a possible plan for Chinese investment in the C-Series program.

UK budget carrier EasyJet has converted 30 of the Airbus A320 NEO aircraft that it has on order to the larger A321 NEO model.

Air Lease Corporation's CEO John Plueger expressed the lessor's concern over continued delays in the deliver of Airbus A320 NEO aircraft, with four more aircraft deliveries having been pushed out into 2018.  ALC's internal analysis reportedly shows that the fuel efficiency of the PW1100G-powered A320 NEO is "a little bit better" than that of its CFM International LEAP-1A powered alternative, but that maintenance issues that continue to hound the Pratt & Whitney engine.

Iran has scrapped plans for the purchase of regional jets from Japan's Mitsubishi.  The Iranians had been negotiating to buy over two dozen regional jets as of last September.

China's Comac expects to make its first customer deliveries of its new C919 airline beginning in 2020.  The aircraft entered flight test earlier this month.

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