This is a very significant release but for one reason only – JC Wings have produced the very first of what may yet turn out to be the biggest competitor in the smaller A320/737-8Max segment yet – the Bombardier CS-100. This version is the companies test plane but there we go, sooner or later the first liveried versions will be produced as the first aircraft nears delivery. Lufthansa have ordered 30 for Swiss and have another 30 options, Korean Air 10 and 10 options and several other smaller airlines have gone down this route though many orders are pending the delayed flight testing and the biggest buyers are leasing companies who will only announce customers near delivery. As few new aircraft come along this is surely one to get, even if it is in the Bombardier house colours.
The other releases are the Qantas A380 inaugural from Sydney to Houston (the longest commercial flight in the world currently operating), the dramatic looking Al Italia Expo liveries pair (now I know some people love these liveries but I find they date a bit quickly so steer clear of them), the new Scoot 787-9 which will rapidly replace the old Singapore Airlines 772’s they started out with, and an Air China 744 used by the Chinese President on his recent overseas trips and erroneously labelled as the Chinese Air Force One – its just a standard aircraft kitted out with a VIP interior for the trips.