AirAsia has received the first A320Neo, assembled at the Airbus Assembly Line Asia (FALA) in Tianjin, China. The low cost carrier and Airbus celebrated the arrival with a traditional ceremony. AirAsia already operates A320Neo aircraft from European final assembly lines.
On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the new Airbus A330-900Neo has completed its maiden flight. The aircraft has landed at Toulouse Blagnac Airport successfully after completing its first test flight which lasted for four hours and 13 minutes in total.
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer confirmed in Athens, Greece that the delivery of the first E190-E2 to Scandinavian regional airline Widerøe is scheduled for April 2018. During the annual general meeting of the European Regional Airline Association (ERA), Embraer announced the news and the plan of delivering the first new generation aircraft in early 2018. Widerøe’s E190-E2 will be configured with a single-class cabin with 114 seats.
Airbus and Bombardier are to become partners on the CSeries aircraft programme. A corresponding agreement was signed on Monday. The European multinational aircraft manufacturer acquires a 50,01% stake in CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP). Bombardier and Investissement Québec (IQ) will own approximately 31% and 19% respectively.
Jet Airways has announced to order 75 new aircraft of the type Boeing 737 MAX 10, with an option for additional 74 aircraft. This order is a follow up for an already existing order of 75 smaller 737 Max 8s. The deal has a value of approximately 9 billion USD, according to current list prices. Significant rebates are, however, common when facing orders of this size.
Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced the airline's intention to order 40 787-9 Dreamliner. When finalized, the order would be valued at almost $11 billion before the customary discounts for large aircraft purchases.
China Daily reports the state-owned aerospace manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) has signed 130 new orders for its C919 passenger jet.
Malaysia Airlines Berhad and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 16 airplanes during a ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C.. The announcement includes eight 787-9 Dreamliners by converting eight of Malaysia Airlines' existing order of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and eight additional purchase rights of the 737 MAX 8s.
Airbus has delivered its 100th A350 XWB, just some 30 months after the first delivery in December 2014. The 100th aircraft delivered is an A350-900 for China Airlines. Airbus has delivered 36 A350 in 2017.
Aeroflot and United Aircraft Cooperation have signed a firm order for 20 Sukhoi Superjet aircraft. The signing ceremony took place on the opening day of the MAKS-2017 International Air Show in the presence of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.