Dec. 31, 2014, just under the wire: 2014 is over and there was some news unrelated to the loss of AirAsia flight 8501:
Bombardier: The company received a firm order for 24 CRJ900s from an unidentified customer (we believe it is a US regional airline). The National Post of Canada also has this look at how 2015 will be a “pivotal” year for the CSeries. BBD also announced an order from mega-lessor GECAS for five Q400s and options for 10 more.
ARJ-21 certified: The Chinese government certified the COMAC ARJ-21, the 70 seat regional jet that looks like the old Douglas DC-9-10. The airplane is now supposed to go into service in April or May, only eight years late.
Boeing declares victory: The year was really over yet but Boeing declared victory over Airbus in this Dec. 29 story in The Seattle Times. Yes, Boeing will deliver more airplanes than Airbus in 2014, but will it truly end with more orders? Airbus won’t reveal its full 2014 performance until its annual press conference Jan. 13, and it’s famous for announcing a whole bunch of orders to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. So we’ll wait and see then who truly has the bragging rights for the full year.
Airbus and Boeing: For all of our extremely partisan Airbus and Boeing readers, choke on this one: Airbus and Boeing have teamed up to bid on a defense contract, reports Aviation Week.
Real-time tracking: It’s possible and it’s being done. See this Washington Post article.