The MRJ programme: delayed but not defeated
Mitsubishi’s MRJ90 programme has been delayed by five years and the company is now scheduled to deliver its first aircraft in mid-2018. Delays are commonplace with all new aircraft programmes but lengthy delays can be ill afforded while the MRJ faces stiff competition from Embraer with its E2 aircraft which is on schedule. The Ishka View is that MRJ’s programme still has plenty of promise but any more material delays will hurt future aircraft sales for the Japanese manufacturer.
Update: €0.33/litre European jet fuel tax on the cards after EU elections
All of the political groups likely to form the European Parliament's next majority back a commercial jet fuel tax. Update: Tax would have meant 82.44% increase of 2018 - 19 fuel costs. more
ISTAT Asia: MAX likely grounded until end of 2019
Attendees and appraisers at ISTAT Asia did not think the MAX would be flying again in time for the summer season and asked how the grounding could impact MAX values and lease rates. more