MC-21 will claim 10% of world market: So Irkut claims. Here’s a 10 minute video.
Update, 7am PDT Oct. 17: Airbus announced it will lower production rates on the A330ceo from 10 to nine a month in 4Q2015. We believe this is a first-step. The backlog drops sharply in 2016. The first A330neo isn’t planned for delivery until December 2017 and we believe rates will come down once more in advance. At the Farnborough Air Show, John Leahy, COO Customers, said he believes rates for the neo will settle in around 7-8 a month/ we think ceo rates will come down to reflect this.
Mitsubishi rolls out MRJ Saturday: You can watch it live, at 2pm Japan time.
The MRJ 90 is Japan’s first home-grown commercial airliner since the YS-11 turbo-prop, which entered service in 1961. As we noted Wednesday, the MRJ has collected a good number of orders, but the customer base in small.
The MRJ is 3 1/2 years late.
Aviation Week has this feature.
Here is a link to a brochure.
Delta retiring 747s: Delta Air Lines said during its earnings call Thursday that it will retire its Boeing 747-400s in 2017. These airplanes were acquired in the merger of Northwest Airlines, which was the launch customer of the 747-400. Delta is replacing the 747s with twin-aisle, medium-sized airplanes.
Enders slams German government: Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group, slammed the German government over its position on defense exports.
Enders, a German, has long been critical of German government policies, and has been moving operations into France as a result.
We find Enders’ candor to be refreshingly frank. Most CEOs tend to hedge their opinions.