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March 30 - The Week Ahead Open Thread (Freshly Painted Edition)

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The Empress of London City
During the course of today, this specially painted Embraer E-190 prototype (MSN001 PP-XMA) will be flying steep-approach trials at London City airport. The aircraft is seeking certification for the 5.5-degree approach into the city center strip, though Embraer needs to demonstrate an approach capability of up to 7.5-degrees. The certification, which is already held by the E-170, is necessary on two fronts: The first, is the commercial applications with British Airways having placed an order for 11 E-jets. The second enables the Lineage 1000 executive jet (built on the E-190) to serve the airport and its close proximity to the Financial District.

New SkyTeam Colors
Delta is set to unveil a newly painted 767-400ER adorned with SkyTeam colors. The aircraft, Ship 1820 (N844MH) is scheduled for Flight 176 today ATL-DUB. Though, there's a chance that it may not be unveiled until Tuesday.

Mexicana 717s
The 100-seat narrowbody has found a new home with Mexicana's low-cost operation and its first (XA-CLB fmr. N918ME) freshly painted in the airline's new livery. The unit, called Click, leased 25 717s making it the second largest operator of the type once all are delivered. The first 16 of 25 were previously operated by Midwest Airlines.

Air Austral's New Wave
The first of two 442-seat 777-300ERs (F-OSYD) for Air Austral rolled out of the Everett paintshop sporting a brand new blue flower wave livery. The aircraft should be making its first flight soon.

2nd CSeries Customer

Irish aircraft lessor LCI placed a firm order for 20 CSeries CS100 (3) and CS300 (17). All three CS100 aircraft are expected to be delivered in the 2nd quarter of 2014, with 17 CS300s set for delivery in the first quarter of 2015 through 2016. This is another step forward for the CSeries program, which increases its firm backlog to 50 aircraft. However, Bombardier has yet to identify a customer who will host the CSeries' entry into service in 2013.

QANTAS and the 787
Last Friday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that QANTAS was likely to defer some of its early 787 orders due to the financial crunch impacting all the world's airlines. This story is somewhat murky from the perspective of this blogger and stands in contradiction to other highly reliable information. Though, it appears that this report, and the previous assessment by financial analysts, was built of a desire by the Australian airline to soften the ground in preparation for a deferral announcement. This page will continue to follow this story closely.

Photo Credit Andrew Dent

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