One year later...
It seems like the past twelve months were rather transformative.
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March 22, 2018 - AirInsight
Last year at this time the C Series was not given much respect by the big OEMs. This was not just focused on the aircraft, but the sub 150-seat market. Airbus had the perfect solution for that segment in the A319neo. Boeing was upsizing its MAX7 to 150 seats because there was no interest in the ~130 seat version that was currently sold as the 737-700.
Here we are a year later. What a difference.
The MAX7 first flight has occurred. No new customers for it though. Though Southwest has bravely committed to the aircraft in the future. (Southwest, in our view, have not committed beyond four Max7s as they deferred the rest. Typically the deferral of such an order is made to consider one's options. At this stage we bet that most if not all those MAX7s are converted in the future) Westjet has also made supportive noises.
Then we had the ITC case where Boeing claimed the C Series was a threat to its 737 program. Boeing said the C Series was a threat to the MAX7. The ITC (and the rest of the world outside the Boeing orbit) found that claim questionable. Particularly given that there are so few MAX7 orders. Boeing clearly thought the 100-150 seat segment was very important. But it seemed only to think this after it nearly lost an order at United and was unable to provide Delta with a solution.
What of the A319neo? It has not flown much in its test program, perhaps indicating...
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