2017 was a great year for the Mexican aviation industry, as airlines transported 89.6 million passengers (a 10.3 percent growth compared to 2016). Passenger air traffic in the country has grown almost 70 percent in the last decade and airlines achieved an accelerated growth for three years in a row.
The Mexican aviation industry was somewhat shaken by the notification of Mexico’s economic competition authority COFECE about a possible involvement in monopolistic practices. Aeroméxico, Volaris and Interjet argue that those events took place during the last decade, so they disagree with COFECE’s potential sanctions.
On international news, as the week developed expectancy grew on the US International Trade Commission (USITC) ruling on imposing tariffs to Bombardier’s CSeries jets. Boeing claimed these jets were illegally subsidized by the Canadian government and would harm Boeing’s 737 program. In response, Bombardier asked USITC to consider Embraer’s E190 E-2 into the dispute as a competitor to the B-737 program in the 100-150-seat segment as the Brazilian aircraft outperformed expectations in a flight test. USITC denied the Canadian manufacturer’s request to entangle Embraer in the dispute.
Meanwhile, Boeing attempts to strike a deal and combine its business with Embraer’s but faces resistance on behalf of the Brazilian government and air forces, which own a part of Embraer and want to prevent Boeing from taking over.
On Friday, USITC rebuffed Boeing’s claims by ruling imports of CSeries jets will not hurt US companies or jobs.
- COFECE notifies airlines including Aeroméxico and Volaris of probable involvement in monopolistic practices.
- Aeroméxico disagrees with COFECE’s ruling, will cooperate with COFECE and exercise possible defense mechanisms.
- CENTA lands productive projects for both public and private organizations. It will cooperate in the development of the aeronautic industry.
- Interjet says it was notified by COFECE on the investigation of possible monopolistic practices. The airline will take part in COFECE’s procedure and exercise possible defense mechanisms.
- Magnicharters, Aeromar, Interjet and Aeroméxico Connect lead the list of the least punctual airlines in Mexico, according to DGAC.
- Aeroméxico increases frequencies in routes to Europe.
- Mexican aviation reaches a double-digit growth for its third year in a row.
- Airbus Helicopters deliveries were slightly reduced during 2017 (409 units) compared to 2016 (418 units).
- Boeing trains pilots to combat cyberattacks during flight operations.
- Gulfstream bids G450 executive jet farewell and prepares to introduce G500.
- Boeing 787-10 is ready to start commercial flights after receiving FAA certification.
- United Airlines saves 643,000 liters of fuel through weight reduction strategies.
- AerCap CEO expects few mergers and acquisitions. Aviation faces price increases of fuel and interest rates.
- ATR sold 113 aircraft during 2017.
- AirAsia to increase fleet by 30 aircraft to meet growing demand across Asia.
- United Airlines profits drop 5.8 percent during 2017 in comparison to 2016.
- E190-E2 regional jet flight tests show a greater fuel efficiency and lower noise pollution and emissions than originally expected.
- Bombardier attempts to draw Embraer into its trade dispute with Boeing before ruling due to E190-E2 range.
- Embraer to focus on E-jet program rather than returning to turboprop aircraft.
- China opens aviation to private investment; private capital funds can own up to 25 percent of Chinese airlines. The Chinese government will keep total control on the main airlines.
- Lufthansa standardizes A320 fleet among its airlines to increase efficiency.
- Representatives of the Airports Council International – Europe meet European Commission’s task force on Brexit.
- CFM is only four to five weeks behind schedule on LEAP engine output.
- Fly Eastern cancels order for 20 MRJs. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp trusts it is on track to begin deliveries on 2020.
- USITC government reject Bombardier’s attempt to draw Embraer into its trade dispute with Boeing.
- Southwest Air achieves 45 consecutive years of positives financial results in 2017.
- Chinese AG600 flying boat successfully completes second test flight. It is the largest amphibious aircraft on land and sea.
- Bombardier wins trade dispute against odds as USITC rules US companies and workers are not jeopardized by imports of CSeries jets from Canada.
- Russia’s Irkut reaches agreement with United Engine over delivery of Aviadvigatel PD-14 flight-test engines for MC-21 jets.
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