Simultaneous Type Certificates have been awarded to CFM International’s LEAP-1B engine by both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant of Type Certification now paves the way for entry into commercial service of the LEAP-1B in 2017. Typically, one lead agency issues a type certification and the second agency validates that certification, CFM is the only engine manufacturer to obtained dual original certification from the FAA and EASA. “This is another great milestone for the LEAP program and the hard-working team behind it,” said Allen Paxson, executive vice president for CFM. The LEAP-1B took to the air for the first time Boeing’s 737 MAX in January, this year. The three airplane test fleet has logged in excess of 100 test flights as part of developmental testing.
“We couldn’t be happier with the way this engine is performing,” said Francois Bastin, executive vice president of CFM International. “Boeing is racking up an impressive number of flight hours with the test aircraft and initial indications are that engine performance is meeting expectations.” The LEAP engine family has received more than 10,500 orders till date and the LEAP-1B engine will power 3,090 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from 64 customers.