This week’s featured link:
FAA and Boeing initially disagreed on severity of “catastrophic” 737 MAX software glitch – The Air Current
Best I can tell, this article is outside the paywall for The Air Current, so even those who don’t subscribe can enjoy the read. It’s yet another setback to Boeing’s attempt to bring the MAX back into service, and according to Jon Ostrower, this could add months to the delay. This is just more bad news all around.
Two for the road:
Can the A321XLR Replace Wide-Body Aircraft Across the Atlantic? History Suggests it Can. – VisualApproach.io
This is a fascinating thing to ponder. Can the A321XLR usher in an era where widebodies virtually disappear on short Atlantic routes? It has happened before in a similar scenario. These markets aren’t exactly the same, but the parallels are worth considering.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire Canadair Regional Jet Program from Bombardier Inc. – Mitsubishi Press Release
The rumors have proven true. Mitsubishi will acquire the last of Bombardier’s commercial aircraft programs, the CRJ. The thing is, Mitsubishi is really only acquiring it because it wants the global support network. The release says production of the CRJs will end next year. Since the M100 won’t be flying until 2023 (if they’re lucky), that means the Embraer 175 is the only scope-compliant regional jet that anyone can get for 4 more years. That seems like a mistake to me… but something tells me Embraer would heartily disagree.