Okay, it's a bad pun, but our coverline refers to a vital development between China's Comac and Canada's Bombardier to cooperate on their respective narrowbody airliner projects. It inks an earlier tentative arrangement between the two parties, and could lead to vital sales for the Canadian twinjet in one of the world's fastest-growing markets.
But, as our Comment warns, Bombardier's biggest worry at the moment is the softness of its backlog at a time when the first flight and consequent entry into service for the CSeries is fast looming. The aircraft has yet to achieve the critical mass of orders that would give its board full confidence in the programme.
In the feature section this week, Max Kingsley-Jones examines further the challenges emergent narrowbody airframers such as Bombardier, Mitsubishi and Sukhoi must overcome the market dominance of the big two OEMs in the 100-seat-plus segment.
On the defence side, find out why Embraer is confident of re-taking a critical US competition for light air support aircraft, and why defence chiefs are telling Lockheed Martin there is no more money for the F-35 if costs continue to rise. Also, why Steven Udvar-Hazy thinks the 737 Max is not a long-term solution.