The Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP1A engine has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The certification was accorded to the airframer and engine manufacturer on schedule and the LEAP is the second engine option for the A320neo.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ President and Chief Executive Officer said: “This key milestone for the A320neo programme, and its second engine option – the specially developed LEAP1A, 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.”
The grant of certification paves the way for the delivery of the first LEAP1A powered A320neo to an airline customer in mid2016.
The first A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan Engine (GTF) was delivered on January 20, this year.
In excess of 1,000 flight hours in more than 350 flights – including 150 flight hours completed with the same aircraft in an airline like environment, have now been accumulated by the two LEAP powered aircraft assigned to the flight test campaign.
Certification of the remaining aircraft/engine variants with LEAP engines will follow in the coming months.