Posted on: 04 May 2016 by Mark Howells
CFM International has become the first engine manufacturer to gain dual original certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its LEAP-1B engine.
The development reflects CFM’s 50/50 design and production structure between parent companies GE and Safran.
CFM says the engine will enter commercial service in 2017. It flew for the first time on the Boeing 737 MAX on 29 January 2016 and since then two further aircraft have been added to the test programme. To date, the three aircraft have logged a combined total of more than 100 test flights, including completing high altitude flight testing in La Paz, Bolivia.
“This is another great milestone for the LEAP programme and the hard-working team behind it,” averred Allen Paxson, EVP, CFM International. “Everyone, from the project and engineering teams to manufacturing and our suppliers, has done an incredible job of keeping this programme on schedule and building an engine that is delivering everything that we have promised.”