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PARIS 2019: Boeing to have low profile at Paris; ‘extremely focused’ on MAX 
On the eve of this year’s Paris Air Show Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) senior leadership is downplaying the likelihood of major orders or product announcements while the company remains laser focused on lifting the 737 MAX grounding.
Mitsubishi rebrands former MRJ90/70s as SpaceJet family aircraft 
As part of a major shake-up of its regional jet strategy, Mitsubishi Aircraft has rebranded the former MRJ90 as the SpaceJet M90 and has announced details of the stretched MRJ70 redesign, which will now be called the M100.
CFM working fix for LEAP-1B engine bearing issue 
CFM International is redesigning the bearing in the radial drive shaft of the LEAP-1B that powers the Boeing 737 MAX after five incidents in which an engine was shut down in-flight because an oil filter bypass warning light indicated in the cockpit.
New GE9X engine problem could delay first flight of 777X 
A problem detected during a factory test of GE Aviation’s GE9X turbofan engine could further delay the first flight of the Boeing 777X.
Airbus-Siemens agreement redefined as E-Fan X progresses 
Airbus confirmed its exclusive collaboration agreement with Siemens to develop hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the experimental E-Fan X demonstrator and other vehicles is concluding a year ahead of schedule, but said the two companies will continue to partner on projects.
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Airbus, SAS agree to study hybrid and electric technology 
SAS Scandinavian Airlines has signed a research agreement with Airbus to study hybrid and electric aircraft technology.
Boeing finishes MAX proposed MCAS changes 
Boeing has edged closer to returning the grounded 737 MAX fleet to service by completing development of the proposed package of changes for the aircraft’s maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) as well as associated simulator and training testing.
GE finishes final GE9X flight tests for Boeing 777X 
Final flight tests of GE Aviation’s GE9X turbofan engine have been completed on the company’s Boeing 747-400 flying testbed ahead of the engine’s first flight this summer on the 777-9, the initial version of the US aircraft manufacturer’s new 777X twinjet series.
Mitsubishi nears new configuration for MRJ70 redesign 
Mitsubishi Aircraft said a stretched redesign of what was formerly dubbed the MRJ70, a regional jet follow-on to the company’s in-development MRJ90, is a “realistic possibility” and expects to release new configuration details over coming weeks.
Boeing chief: MAX return has priority over NMA 
Boeing says returning the 737 MAX safely to service is its first priority and with extra resources being channeled into this effort hinted for the first time this may impact the outline schedule for launching its next proposed airliner project, the new midsize airplane (NMA).
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Boeing completes testing of 737 MAX software upgrade 
Boeing has taken several major steps toward completing upgraded 737 MAX maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) flight control law software in recent days, giving the company confidence that it is “making steady progress” in its bid to get the grounded MAX fleet operating again, its top executive said.
CFM checking LEAP engine fleet for Southwest MAX engine failure link 
CFM International is monitoring its LEAP engine fleet for signs of an issue believed to be tied to the March 26 contained engine failure on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that was being ferried to storage.
Embraer E195-E2 is certified 
Embraer’s E195-E2 has been awarded simultaneous Brazilian, European and US type certification, clearing the way for initial deliveries of the stretched 146-seat airliner to begin early in the second half of the year.
FDR analysis of Ethiopian MAX crash supports vane detachment, incorrect procedures 
As the investigation continues into the causes of last month’s Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX accident, sources close to the probe say flight data recorder (FDR) data firmly supports the supposition that the aircraft’s left angle-of-attack (AOA) sensor vane detached seconds after takeoff and that, contrary to statements from the airline, suggests the crew did not follow all the steps for the correct procedure for a runaway stabilizer.
Boeing: Pilots positive on proposed 737 MAX software changes 
Boeing said pilot feedback on the proposed software changes to the 737 MAX maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) flight control law is positive.
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