We caught a few presentations on video.
Bombardier’s C Series numbers from Rob Dewer. The team was all smiles when they could tell the world that they have beaten their brochure numbers. Asking around we could find nobody who could recall this being done before. So it’s quite an achievement. Notice on the wing bend video, the wing has not broken. This is virtually a certainty that the airplane can be stretched using the same wing – and we all know how Bombardier feels about stretches. They’ve never seen one they didn’t like. So despite the denial, they must be considering it.
Next we heard from Swiss Int’l Airlines CEO. He announced conversions of 1/3 of the CS100 orders to CS300. The last 1/3 is yet to be decided, but a betting person might put their money on CS300.
We had two quick sidebar chats; first with Rob Dewer and then with Bob Deluce.
This was followed by attending an engine order announcement at Pratt & Whitney. Bank of China selected V2500s for the A320 ceo they ordered. CIT Group also selected the V2500 engine to power five Airbus A321ceos that it ordered in March 2015. Besides this news, Pratt won the hotly contested Turkish order. Turkish signed an MoU on 72 firm and 20 option A321neos. Then Pratt announced it received FAA approval to add the PW1100G-JM engine that powers the Airbus A320neo to its production portfolio. A banner day for P&W.