Posted on: 24 November 2015 by Mark Howells
The Airbus A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines, has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The EASA A320neo Type Certificate was signed by EASA’s certification director Trevor Woods and the FAA A320neo Type Certificate by Jeffrey Duven, FAA manager of Transport Airplane Directorate–Aircraft Certification Service. The Type Certificates were received by Airbus’s executive vice-president engineering, Charles Champion and A320neo chief engineer Pierre-Henri Brousse.
“This double seal of approval represents a great achievement for Airbus. It recognises the hard work performed by all the teams at Airbus and Pratt & Whitney. It demonstrates the A320neo is meeting all requirements,” declared Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO. “The A320neo is now cleared for its first delivery and ready to offer many airlines its winning combination of unbeatable economics and outstanding cabin comfort.”
The A320neo went through a rigorous certification programme which tested its airframe and systems beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully met all airworthiness criteria. The three flight test aircraft powered by the Pratt & Whitney engines accumulated more than 1,070 flight hours in some 350 flights. Of these 1,070 flight test hours, 300 were completed with the same aircraft in an airline-like environment to ensure operational maturity at entry into service.
The A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engines is the first variant in the new family to receive Type Certification. The A320neo with CFM LEAP-1A engines (which received FAA and EASA Type Certification recently) will be certified in the coming months. The A321neo and A319neo in both engines variants will follow.