Posted on: 31 May 2016 by Mark Howells
The Airbus A320neo has received type certification from both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its second engine option, CFM International’s LEAP-1A engine.
This follows the initial certificate of airworthiness received from the EASA and FAA for the A320neo powered by a Pratt & Whitney engine option, the first of which was delivered on 20 January 2016. Airbus hopes to deliver the first LEAP 1A-equipped A320neo by mid-2016.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ president and CEO, declared, “This key milestone for the A320neo programme, and its second engine option – the specially developed LEAP-1A, is a double seal of approval by the two major international governing bodies and comes after the A320neo Family had successfully accomplished a rigorous programme of certification trials. We look forward to the entry into service of LEAP-powered models in the very near future.”
“Today's announcement marks another great milestone in the long relationship between CFM and Airbus” added Jean-Paul Ebanga, CFM’s president and CEO. “We are very proud of what we have accomplished with the LEAP-1A engine together with Airbus. The flight test programme has been a big success and we can’t wait to start bringing LEAP’s outstanding fuel efficiency, low maintenance costs, and world-class reliability to our customers later this year.”
The two LEAP-powered aircraft assigned to the flight test campaign have now accumulated over 1,000 flight hours during more than 350 flights, including 150 flight hours completed with the same aircraft in an airline-like environment to ensure operational maturity at entry into service.