International Air Transport Editor Jens Flottau had a busy week, globe trotting from Beijing back to his home base in Frankfurt, and then on to Montreal. In China, Flottau teamed up with Beijing bureau chief Bradley Perrett to report how Airbus has opened negotiations on extending a deal to assemble A320 jets in Tianjin. The current deal expires in 2016. In their story, Flottau and Perrett discuss how Airbus appears to be looking for some incentive from Chinese partner Avic to make the plant more profitable. And they report that a long-term deal could include the assembly of A320NEOs in China.
On to Montreal, where Flottau attended Bombardier's briefings on the CSeries. Development of the 110-130-seat passenger jet that is heading toward crucial milestones, including a scheduled first flight by the end of the year. The Canadian air framer acknowledges the project is hitting some bumps in the supply chain, but insists that the program is under control and experiencing nothing like the huge problems that set back development of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A380. Read the story here.
Today, Jens is back in Germany -- with a lot of air miles in his account.