Posted on: 23 July 2015 by Mark Howells
CFM International has delivered the first CFM LEAP-1C engine to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), which is set to be installed on the OEMs first 150 seat C919 aircraft in preparation for its rollout and first flight.
“Delivery of this engine paves the way for the final assembly and rollout of the first C919 aircraft later this year,” stated Wu Guanghui, vice president of COMAC. “We have been very pleased with CFM’s efficient management, strong technology, and professionalism. In addition, the candid collaboration and deep friendship that has developed between the COMAC and CFM teams resulted in a very smooth joint programme.”
“It is a great day for the LEAP engine and CFM,” added Allen Paxson, EVP of CFM International. “This engine is the culmination of more than six years of hard work between the CFM and COMAC teams and represents the launch of the next exciting phase of C919 aircraft development. We are honoured to be a part of this great programme.”
The C919’s windtunnel test, iron-bird test, avionics integration, and power system tests are all progressing well. With the delivery of the first LEAP-1C engine and the hydraulic systems, the installation of the airborne systems will begin soon.
The LEAP engine was officially launched in December 2009 when COMAC selected the LEAP-1C as the sole Western powerplant for its C919 aeroplane. The first LEAP-1C engine successfully completed a flight test programme in late 2014 on a modified Boeing 747 flying testbed at GE facilities in Victorville, California.