May 8, 2017
China's C919 prototype took to the air for the first time this past week. The C919 is powered by a version of the same CFM International LEAP-1A engine that also powers the Airbus A320 NEO.
A growing number of analysts have been pointing to Boeing's decision to accuse Bombardier of "dumping" the C-Series at below-market value as being ill-conceived. The C-Series is only a minor competitor for Boeing products, and Boeing is likewise guilty of the industry-wide practice of selling early copies at a loss to promote airline acceptance for new aircraft.
Embraer warned investors that profit margins for 2018 were expected to be down as the manufacturer transitioned to the new E-Jet E2 family of aircraft.
Early production and reliability problems with the Airbus A320 NEO, most of them centered around the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G Geared TurboFan engines, has led to a rough service entry for the aircraft.
Air Lease's chief executive John Plueger has expressed disappointment in delivery delays for the Airbus A320 NEO and A350 aircraft.
Latin America's Avianca has converted five orders for the Airbus A319 NEO to the larger A320 NEO model.
Boeing has released an outline of its plans to market military derivatives of its 737 MAX airline.
Irkut has moved its first MC-21 prototype to its flight test center in Irkutsk.