May 29, 2017
Bombardier has delivered its first CS300 aircraft to launch customer Swiss International Air Lines. The CS300 is the largest member of the C-Series family.
Bombardier's Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer has gone on the offensive, emphasizing that the competitive pricing offered to Delta Air Lines for the C-Series was no different than similar discounts offered by Boeing or Airbus to gain market acceptance of new products.
Boeing's vice-chairman Ray Conner has complained that Bombardier's C-Series threatens the existence of Boeing's 737 MAX-7 aircraft.
United Airlines president Scott Kirby is attempting to convince the airline's pilots' union to relax the current restrictions on regional jets, which would allow the airline to field some of the newer regional jet models currently under development by Embraer and Mitsubishi.
India's Vistara has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 NEO, equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines.
Singapore lessor BOC Aviation has placed an order for four Airbus A320 NEO family aircraft, plus two A330-900 widebody jets. All six aircraft are expected to be leased to TAP Portugal.
Russia's Irkut MC-21 prototype successfully completed its first flight test this past week, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G Geared TurboFan engines. The airplane reached an altitude of just over 3,000 ft during its 30-minute maiden flight.
Russia's United Engine Corporation has completed its second series of flight tests for its PD-14 engine, which will be offered as an alternative to the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G to power later variants of the MC-21 aircraft.